Not sure what to do with those pumpkins and jack-o’-lanterns once Halloween’s over? Before you toss them in the trash, consider pitching them for a good cause.
UNLV and the Southern Nevada Christmas Tree Recycling Committee will hold their annual “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 beneficial use.
Sunday, Nov. 4, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Silverton Hotel & Casino
3333 Blue Diamond Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89139
South parking lot near the main entrance
Participants will launch pumpkins from one of two large trebuchets into a compost collection dumpster. The first person to launch a pumpkin into the dumpster will receive a $100 cash reward 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 prizes from Flippin’ Out Xtreme, the Neon Museum Las Vegas, and the Las Vegas History Museum.
The catapults were built by Rancho High School students and by Rachel Lewison, Southern Nevada recycling coordinator with the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection. For more 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 a founding member of the Southern Nevada Christmas Tree Recycling Committee. Established in 1995, the program is operated by volunteers and offers 30 post-holiday Christmas Tree drop off locations for residents throughout Southern Nevada. Since 2001, Las Vegas Valley residents helped recycle 211,585 trees into nutrient-rich mulch for landscaping. In 2016, the committee began its pumpkin recycling program and has since diverted 37 tons of pumpkin waste from the landfill by composting.