The City of Newton held the first Pumpkin Smash on Saturday, November 2. The event was a fun family activity where visitors were encouraged to give it their all in destroying their leftover Halloween jack-o-lanterns. The pumpkins were then taken for composting by Black Earth Compost, the City’s partner in residential compost pickup. It was also a chance for parents and kids to learn about composting and waste reduction. We diverted roughly ten tons of pumpkins from trash disposal, and had over 750 attendees!