Not exactly sure what to do with those pumpkins and jack-o’- lanterns as soon as Halloween’s over? Before you toss them in the garbage, think about pitching them for a good cause.
UNLV and the Southern Nevada Christmas Tree Recycling Committee will hold their yearly “Pitch-A-Pumpkin” event Nov. 4 at the Silverton Hotel & & Casino to drive awareness on recycling and composting, and to divert holiday waste to a helpful use.
Sunday, Nov. 4, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Silverton Hotel & & Gambling establishment
3333 Blue Diamond Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89139
South parking lot near the main entrance
Participants will release pumpkins from one of two large trebuchets into a compost collection dumpster. The first individual to introduce a pumpkin into the dumpster will get a $100 money benefit from the Silverton.
Residents are encouraged to bring their jack-o’-lanterns and pumpkins to the event so they can be composted into soil. Participants will receive a raffle ticket for every pumpkin, with rewards from Flippin’ Out Xtreme, the Neon Museum Las Vegas, and the Las Vegas History Museum.
The catapults were constructed by Rancho High School trainees and by Rachel Lewison, Southern Nevada recycling organizer with the Nevada Division of Environmental Management. For additional information on the event or the Christmas Tree Recycling Program, contact Tara Pike-Nordstom with UNLV Rebel Recycling at (702) 810-1393 or read about Tree Recycling at springspreserve.org. UNLV is an establishing
member of the Southern Nevada Christmas Tree Recycling Committee. Established in 1995, the program is operated by volunteers and uses 30 post-holiday Christmas Tree drop off locations for locals throughout Southern Nevada. Considering that 2001, Las Vegas Valley citizens assisted recycle 211,585 trees into nutrient-rich mulch for landscaping. In 2016, the committee began its pumpkin recycling program and has actually considering that diverted 37 tons of pumpkin waste from the garbage dump by composting.