Madison (WKOW) -- from City of Madison: Now that the tricks and treats of Halloween have past, it is time to find a new use for holiday decorations.
"It is the time of year when Jack-O-Lanterns end up dying a slow death," Madison Recycling Coordinator George Dreckmann said. "Don't let your pumpkins turn into mush on your porch and don't toss them in your tan refuse cart. Madison residents should place their pumpkins next to or on top of their leaf piles so they can be composted."
City of Madison residents can place their pumpkins at the curb along with their leaves for collection.
Leaves can be placed in piles at the street edge for collection.
Residents who must bag their leaves can place their pumpkins on the ground next to their bagged leaves.
In addition to collecting pumpkins, City of Madison crews will also collect other organic Halloween/Fall decorations such as cornstalks and straw as part of the leaf collection.
"Every fall we estimated that over 40 tons of pumpkins are discarded in Madison," Dreckmann said. "Putting your Jack-O-Lanterns out for leaf collection crews saves tax dollars and is great for the environment."