Before kids I was “sooooo busy”. So busy in fact, I found enough hours in just a few days to carve a Winnie the Pooh Pumpkin. This photo is circa 2000. I had spent hours and hours carving out this pumpkin before Pinterest and super cool pumpkin carvings even existed. Up until 2008 when we had our first child, my husband and I have mad a few other fun carvings. Now with 2 kids in the house, we are limited to the typical triangle eyes and goofy 1 toothed smile jack 0’lanterns. Other quick pumpkins also include a printed monogram and modgepodging it to a pumpkin. It takes all of 5 minutes to complete and looks pretty fancy too.
Being in Nova Scotia, we know a thing or two about composting and recycling. It’s actually part of our bylaws and if you’re not complying, you will get a nice red sticker on your garbage bags so all your neighbours know what a terrible person you are. A few years ago we were the top province for our recycling and composting program (I’m not sure of our status to date). You’re probably thinking, “what do recycling and pumpkin carvings have in common?” Well, to many of you, it might mean taking the pumpkin innards and throwing them into the garbage, but to us, it means putting it in the green bin.
I’m sure you’re now wondering “What’s a green bin?” Or maybe you’re not wondering, but I’m going to tell you anyway. It’s a lovely huge bin where all our slop gets thrown in and every week (or every other week depending on the time of year) the garbage man comes to pick it up, along with the maggots and fruit flies that live in that disgusting thing. Nice visual isn’t it? The city has a mini green bin that can stay on your counter and every time you peel a carrot, have left over food on your plate or an apple core you throw it inside. IF you do this, it needs to be dumped and vigorously cleaned every single day because it quite quickly becomes a hot mess. We on the other hand, use an empty compostable box like a cracker box (or anything else made of cardboard), dump our compost in and throw the whole thing into the green bin. We have to do this EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. Or else the fruit flies move in, make a home and are nearly impossible to evict.
When Glad asked me to test out their newest compostale bags and container, I was all over it.
Here’s the scoop: OMGoodness! No kidding. We filled the GLAD container and compostable bag with sludge (including pumpkin innards), closed the lid and added a few things as time went on and left it for 7 whole days without dumping it. 7 WHOLE DAYS (unheard of here – trust me). After the week was done, there was no moisture in the bin, but we went a step further, we also put a paper towel in the bottom of the bin and surprisingly, there was just a small few dots of moisture. This was one of those MIND BLOWN moments, and impossible with our regular counter top green bins or our homemade cardboard daily throw away green bin. Seriously incredible.
So what does this mean for us? It means we no longer have to make daily trips to the bug infested green bin that lives outside our house. We can use the new Glad bin and leave in on the counter with the lid closed and it wont make anyone want to vomit because of the stench or have new unwelcome “visitors”. (Sorry for the gruesome visual, but trust me, it’s a reality here).
This is seriously the real deal when it comes to composting. We mostly likely wont leave it on the counter for 7 days without changing it, but 2 or 3 trips is a week to the dreaded green bin is better than 7 (or more).
As for the rest of the pumpkin goo… turn those seeds into a healthy snack. Put them on a pan, roast them in the oven with salt – yummy!
Enjoy your pumpkin carving.