Don’t miss a trick! – reuse or recycle your pumpkin.

Gloucestershire’s Joint Waste Team is urging residents in the Cotswolds to recycle, compost or – better still – reuse their carved pumpkin lanterns once this year’s spooky celebrations are over.

“A recent study has shown that 70% of carved pumpkins don’t get eaten, very often in the mistaken belief that they are not edible or because they are simply not regarded as food.  However, pumpkin is an incredibly versatile vegetable.  Everything can be eaten – even the flowers, seeds, stringy pulp and flesh of the fruit.

“While Halloween is clearly a time to have fun we are urging residents to think about the environmental impact of the pumpkin waste.  Like all foodstuffs that go to landfill, the pumpkin waste will create methane gas which harms the environment.  That is why it is so important for residents to find ways of eating pumpkins or composting or recycling them.

“Pumpkin can be used in both sweet and savoury recipes including soups, breads, cakes, pies and muffins.  It also serves as a tasty addition to pasta meals or salads, – and, of course, it can be used as a vegetable in its own right.”

Cotswold residents can recycle their old pumpkins using the weekly kerbside food waste recycling service.  Simply remove any tea lights or candles before either putting the whole pumpkin into the caddy, or carefully cutting it into smaller pieces first.


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