City of Orlando wants to turn your leftover pumpkins into electricity

Orlando, Fla. — Now that Halloween is over, you might be wondering: "What do I do with all these leftover Jack O' Lanterns?" Well thankfully, the City of Orlando has a solution that does not involve simply throwing it in the garbage.

Today through Monday, you can bring any unwanted pumpkins that you still have to any of these food waste drop off locations:

- Parramore Farmers Market, West Carter St.

- Fall Fiesta in the Park at Lake Eola, East Washington St.

- Audubon Park Market, East Winter Park Road.

Once all the pumpkins have been collected, they will be sent to an anaerobic digester( or sealed, oxygen free tank) that will convert it into electricity. According to The U.S. Green Chamber of Commerce, 500 tons of food waste can produce enough juice to power 1,000 homes. Also, what is left after the anaerobic process can also be used to make a natural fertilizer to be used on next year's crops. This is useful since after Halloween, many pumpkins are left to rot in landfills which produce dangerous greenhouse gases.





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