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A Hearty Halloween

If you are carving pumpkins this Halloween, spare a thought for the humble squash and put it to even better use.

At this time of year in the UK, shoppers will buy an estimated 18,000 tonnes of pumpkins, 99% of which will be bought purely for carving. Come November all these spooky squash will be thrown away.

Your pumpkin doesn’t have to be wasted however. Once you’ve bought your pumpkin and you’re ready to carve, save all the scooped-out flesh to cook up a hearty soup, pie or curry. Try one of the delicious recipe on the Love Food Hate Waste website.

What Should I do with Pumpkins?

In Northamptonshire alone there will be estimated 120,000 pumpkins being carved this Halloween, weighing the equivalent of 10 doubledecker buses*!

If you have a kerbside food waste collection, make sure you recycle your unwanted pumpkin lanterns after Halloween. All you have to do is remove any candles, chop the pumpkins up into manageable pieces and put into your food caddy. Alternatively, if you have a compost bin, just chop them up and add them as they make really good worm fodder to complement a nutritious compost. Make sure you get the right mix of brown and greens in your compost.

UK households throw away more than 7m tonnes of food and drink each year, equating to £60 a month for the average family. Visit the Love Food Hate Waste website for tips on how to reduce your food waste.

*Two out of every five families buy a pumpkin at Halloween (Source, WRAP 2014)

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