PAWTUCKET, R.I. (CBS Connecticut/AP) — A Rhode Island environmental news organization plans to collect Thanksgiving turkey carcasses to keep them out of the state’s main landfill.

EcoRI News says it will accept carcasses Saturday morning at the Pawtucket Wintertime Farmers market from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“Pick the turkey clean, use it to make stock, and then bring it to the market so we can return it to the Rhode Island food cycle,” EcoRI News Executive Director Frank Carini said.

The waste will be given to a local farmer who intends to use the leftovers as feed for his pigs.

The organization says recycling turkey carcasses not only saves landfill space but returns nutrient-rich waste to the food cycle.

The group has picked up nearly 10,000 pounds of food waste since it began collecting food scraps at local farmers markets last year.

EcoRI News is a Providence-based nonprofit environmental news organization.

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