Don’t chuck your jack-o-lantern into the garbage after Halloween.
Instead, chuck it off a truck.
The city is taking additional steps this fall to keep jack-o-lanterns out of the landfill and its inaugural pumpkin smash event will take place on Nov. 2 on McArthur Island, where one can bowl with their pumpkin, smash it from the top of a bucket truck, get their face painted or strike a pumpkin piñata.
City of Kamloops environmental services co-ordinator Emily Lomas said the event is part of the city’s continued efforts to decrease waste headed into the landfill.
The city has always accepted pumpkins at its yard waste site to be composted for city parks and consumer use.
In recent years, it has also set up designated pumpkin drop-off areas, a move Lomas said has worked well.
The city averages more than 13,000 kilograms of pumpkins per year collected in November.
However, it is unclear how many of jack-o-lanterns continue to be tossed in garbage bins after Halloween and, ultimately, take up room in city landfills.
“We just thought that we could promote the composting process a little bit more,” Lomas said.
The event on Saturday takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of soccer fields one and two on McArthur Island.
Kamloops Fire Rescue will drop a jack-o-lantern from a substantial height at about 1 p.m.
Donations will be collected on site for Kamloops Food Bank.
Otherwise, the event is free and the city will compost the pumpkins after the event.