Fall has been pretty busy for us at Keep Columbus Beautiful.

It’s almost the end of the year. Time sure does fly when you are having fun! We did a little something different this year after Halloween and had our first pumpkin-recycling collection. We had such a great response we decided we would do it again after Thanksgiving.

So if you still have pumpkins decorating your home bring them to Ace Hardware on Nov. 30th (all day) or Dec. 1 (until 6 p.m.) to be reused. What do we do with these you ask? The pumpkins and gourds get fed to farm animals on the DeLancey farm.

The goats, chickens, sheep, and cattle really love snacking on the leftover pumpkins. (See picture below) We are excited to be able to help find an outlet for these pumpkins so they don’t end up in the landfill. That’s what recycling is all about.

While we are on the topic of recycling, coming up is America Recycles Day! It’s celebrated on Nov. 15 this year. Our national affiliate, Keep America Beautiful, has made it a national program in their scope of work. It’s a day that raises awareness about recycling and educating others on the benefits of recycling.

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They have great information on recycling in your home, work, or at school. For more information, visit https://americarecyclesday.org. The America Recycles Day website will also have a map of all the events that will be taking place across the nation. You can also sign a pledge to recycle on the website. We will be having events around Columbus the whole week of the 15th.

We are working with area gyms to promote reusable water bottles vs single-use water bottles. We will also be at Central Community College to talk to college students about recycling and having them take the pledge to recycle.

We already pledged to recycle better we hope you will, too. If you want to learn more about recycling or have any recycling questions give us a call at 402-563-9223. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Vanessa Oceguera is the executive director of Keep Columbus Beautiful. Her column is published in The Columbus Telegram every second Friday of the month.

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