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Pumpkin toss recycling slated for Nov. 4 at Lewis University

Lewis University students catapult a pumpkin at the 2016 recycling event.
Lewis University students catapult a pumpkin at the 2016 recycling event.

ROMEOVILLE – Getting rid of Halloween pumpkins can be a scientific experience.

Lewis University physics students will provide a catapult Nov. 4 for those who want to see their pumpkins and other gourds propelled through the air.

The catapult will be part of Will County’s annual Pumpkin Composting Collection and Fall Shredding Event, which will run from 9 a.m. to noon at Lewis University, 1 University Parkway, Romeoville.

At the 2016 event, nearly 2,000 pounds of pumpkins were pitched and nearly 3,000 pounds of documents were shredded, according to a news release from Will County.

The Will County Land Use Department’s Resource Recovery and Energy Division teams up with Lewis University to hold the recycling event.

The event encourages food scrap composting, something that Lewis University already has been doing on its own, Marta Keane, recycling program specialist for the county, said in the news release.

“Lewis University began collecting food scraps on campus and sending them to a professional compost facility four years ago,” Keane said. “We are partnering to encourage more food scrap composting throughout Will County and are looking forward to seeing some flying pumpkins launched from the physics department’s catapult.”

There is a limit of five pumpkins a person. The pumpkins cannot contain candles, bags or boxes. Participants may toss, roll or catapult their pumpkins and gourds.

Some prizes will be awarded.

Signs posted at Lewis will direct people to the recycling event in the south parking area of the university.

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