Pumpkin Waste – The Scary Truth

Rebecca Wilson, passionate about recycling across South Yorkshire
Rebecca Wilson
28 Oct 2019

Halloween is one of the most popular holidays of the year,  which means it’s time for carving spooky jack-o-lanterns! Halloween is only one night- however, it is creating quite a scary food waste problem. Did you know that each year 18 thousand tonnes of perfectly edible pumpkins end up in the bin? That’s enough to make a bowl of pumpkin soup for everyone in the UK. It’s also the equivalent weight of 1,500 double-decker buses. 

Image of two carved pumpkins being used as lanterns

Many of us just simply don’t know what to do with our leftovers after carving.

Rather than putting your pumpkins in the bin, consider cooking up some tasty treats in the kitchen. Pumpkins are nutritious and can be used as a key ingredient in a huge range of meals and desserts.

Hosting a Halloween party? Don’t just use the pumpkins as decorations, use them to make tasty Halloween treats- which will be seasonal and delicious.  If you have an excess amount leftover, why not make a batch of pumpkin soup which you can freeze and eat later on.

Here are some great recipes to try, you might be surprised by just how much can be cooked up using pumpkins!

Pumpkin Hummus

Stuffed Pumpkin

Pumpkin and Bacon Soup

Pumpkin Risotto

Frozen Pumpkin Cheesecake

Pumpkin and Caramel Cake

If cooking isn’t your thing, you can use the seeds of a pumpkin as bird food. This is a great way to reduce food waste and save money.

Do you have any tips or tricks for reducing pumpkin waste? We would love to hear them, tag us on social media!


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