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RSWA Holds Great Pumpkin Smash at McIntire Recycling Center

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Great Pumpkin Smash at McIntire Recycling Center Great Pumpkin Smash at McIntire Recycling Center
Ezra Laiacona Ezra Laiacona
Great Pumpkin Smash at McIntire Recycling Center Great Pumpkin Smash at McIntire Recycling Center
Phillip McKalips Phillip McKalips
Great Pumpkin Smash at McIntire Recycling Center Great Pumpkin Smash at McIntire Recycling Center
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

People got a chance to have some fun Saturday with getting rid of their Halloween pumpkins.

The Rivanna Solid Waste Authority (RSWA) worked to keep the environment safe by hosting the Great Pumpkin Smash at the McIntire Recycling Center Saturday, November 10. Folks were able to get rid of their pumpkins by dropping them into a large compost container.

"Well I really like getting my repressed anger out for smashing pumpkins. Pumpkins are great for smashing, you know, they just explode," said Ezra Laiacona.

"All our pumpkins that we collect here today are going to be composted, and that allows material to stay out of landfills," said RSWA Director of Solid Waste Phillip McKalips. "It's the way it degrades. Inside the landfill there isn't any oxygen, and so different kinds of bacteria will degrade organic waste like pumpkins, and when they do that they produce methane."

After pumpkins are composted they can be used to make the world look better: "We also then can use the compost, people use it for gardening and landscaping,” McKalips said.

"If you don't recycle, well, where is all you trash that can be recycled going to go? I mean, you got to recycle, because if you don't recycle, then you'll just be wasting," said Laiacona.

This was the first year of the Great Pumpkin Smash, but if you have items that need to be recycled the McIntire Recycling Center is open every day from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.