Mayor Madden Announces First-Annual Pumpkin Smash in Partnership with Troy Waterfront Farmers Market

Mayor Madden Announces First-Annual Pumpkin Smash in Partnership with Troy Waterfront Farmers Market

Participants will have opportunity to bash, crush, and clobber their old Halloween pumpkins during the event at the Winter Market on Saturday, November 13th

Scraps will be collected for composting at the Town of Bethlehem’s composting facility, diverting organic materials from local landfills which helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Event will help support the City’s ongoing composting, food scrap diversion initiatives that promote sustainability, environmentalism

Advance registration for the event is required; online sign up is available here

TROY, NY – Mayor Patrick Madden today announced the City of Troy will partner with the Troy Waterfront Farmers Market (TWFM) for the first-ever Troy Pumpkin Smash, the latest City-led initiative that promotes composting and food scraps diversion in the Collar City. Local families will have the opportunity to bash, crush, and clobber their Halloween pumpkins at the indoor Winter Market in downtown Troy on Saturday, November 13th.

Mayor Madden said, “Decomposing organic materials like pumpkins and other food scraps are one of the largest contributors to greenhouse gases in the United States. The Troy Pumpkin Smash is a fun way to recycle those old Halloween pumpkins from your front porch while helping the environment by keeping them out of the trash! We’re excited to partner with the Troy Waterfront Farmers Market on this exciting and timely initiative that promotes composting and sustainability in Troy.”

This event will take place Saturday, November 13th at the Fourth Street entrance of the Troy Atrium, located at 4 Third Street, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Participants can help the environment by bringing old pumpkins, gourds and jack-o-lanterns to be smashed (on a tarp) at the Farmers Market Atrium location. The pumpkin and gourd scraps will be brought to the Town of Bethlehem’s composting facility, keeping them out of local landfills and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Pumpkins and gourds should be paint-free and glitter free if they are to be composted. All lights, candlewax and decorations must also be removed.

“The Pumpkin Smash is a fun way to dispose of pumpkins at the end of the Halloween season while raising awareness about the importance composting,” said Steve Ridler, manager of Troy Waterfront Farmers Market. “Through our composting program in partnership with Transition Troy, we have public compost stations for food waste available at the market every Saturday.”

Advance registration for the Troy Pumpkin Smash is required. Online registration is available here. Deadline to sign up is Thursday, November 11th.

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Incorporated in 1816, the City of Troy is the seat of Rensselaer County government and the county’s largest municipality by population. Situated on the eastern bank of the Hudson River, the City boasts seven miles of waterfront, a largely-preserved historic downtown, diverse neighborhoods, and several major colleges and universities. Troy’s history as the nation’s largest manufacturer of detachable cuffs and collars earned the City’s nickname “the Collar City.” A former steel & iron manufacturing powerhouse of the 19th and early 20th century, the City is now home to a growing hub of tech, game development, restaurants, and retail.

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