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Food scraps can be composted into nutrients for soil. (herb007 / Pixabay)

The University of Illinois Extension in Cook County is teaming up with the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance and Plant Chicago on a pair of compost collection events in Chicago on Saturday.

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The annual Pumpkin Smash event encourages people to compost their gourds instead of trashing them. Dozens of sites across the Chicago region will be collecting jack-o’-lanterns and gourds on Nov. 6.

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Plans are underway to keep organic waste out of Chicago's landfills, officials said.

First Home Pickup Service for Food Scraps Comes to Chicago

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Jay Shefsky tells us about companies that pick up food scraps from restaurants and now from your home -- and turn them into compost. And, he takes us to an urban farm that uses that compost to grow vegetables -- and jobs.

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We learn how to reduce landfill waste through the everyday art of composting.