Over 18,000 tonnes of food waste is generated through discarding pumpkins into the general waste in the UK and we need your help to stop this scary behaviour! This Halloween, Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council is joining forces with hubbub.org.uk to hold a #PumpkinRescue campaign.
Most people like to carve pumpkins into spooky designs to display during the holiday but all too often, the insides are discarded when they could be used to make tasty recipes to feed the family and form part of the party food. Seeds can be roasted or used as a base for soups and the pulp can be used to make a variety of tasty dishes. For more information please visit hubbub.org.uk or search for tasty pumpkin recipes online and why not give some of them a try?
Any left overs can be recycled in the normal way you recycle food waste. Once you have finished with the pumpkin shell, it can also be chopped up and recycled with your food waste or alternatively, it can be placed out with your garden waste which is collected fortnightly until the end of November 2018 or taken to your nearest household waste and recycling centre and placed in the garden waste skip. Please remove any candles or lights before recycling the pumpkin shell.
It’s not just pumpkin waste that’s generated during this season; sweet treats also generate lots of waste as they are often covered in non-recyclable wrappers.
There are some exceptions such as sweets wrapped in foil, one way to test if foil is recyclable is to scrunch the foil into a ball and if it stays in a ball, it can be recycled with the metal recycling in your blue bag. So when buying treats, try to buy loose sweets or those wrapped in aluminium foil so you can recycle them afterwards. Maybe even make your own treats at home such as toffee apples, toffees and cakes which don’t generate any non-recyclable waste at all.
Treat bags themselves are usually not recyclable, so making your own from old material could be a fun activity and more personalised to the child involved and can be reused every year.
Cheap costumes and accessories often create lots of waste as they are usually only used once and discarded. It would be good to make your own or alternatively, donate old costumes to a charity shop or pass on to younger children to be used the following year.
Any electrical items such as lights or light up decorations should be disposed of correctly at the household waste and recycling centres and never placed in the bin as they are harmful to the environment.
We need your support by asking you to think about reducing the waste that’s generated in your home, and by pledging to dispose of it in the correct way by using the recycling services provided by the Council. Above all, have a fun and safe Halloween!