Warwickshire County Council is encouraging people to recycle and properly dispose of their pumpkins this Halloween and autumn season.
Warwickshire County Cllr Heather Timms, the Warwickshire County Council portfolio holder for Environment and Heritage and Culture said: "Recycling is important whatever the season it is. This Halloween we are encouraging residents to recycle where possible and think creatively when it comes to Halloween extras, such as decorations and left-over pulp from your pumpkin.
We would like to thank Warwickshire residents for the continued recycling efforts currently being undertaken and urge them to keep up the good work for Halloween.”
Studies commissioned by Knorr and environmental charity Hubbub, found that: in the UK, 8 million pumpkins are binned after Halloween, the equivalent of enough pumpkin pie to feed the entire nation.
The studies also show 58 per cent of consumers buy pumpkins for Halloween.
Statistics also show 95 per cent of pumpkins grown in the UK are bought at Halloween.
Additionally, 51 per cent of people bin the flesh when hollowing out for carving.
While nearly 75 per cent of people dispose of the flesh in an environmentally friendly way - composting, food waste collection or eating it - 25 per cent throw it in the general waste bin and only 33 per cent actually eat them.
Warwickshire County Council recommends people dispose of their pumpkin in an environmentally friendly way.
The county council made the following suggestions:
- If you buy a pumpkin, eat the flesh. Hollow out the pumpkin as much as possible to create a thin layer of flesh, which will help give you more flesh to eat. Even the seeds can be eaten.
- Anything that can’t be eaten such as the hard skin and stem, should be composted at home or placed in the green wheeled bin for recycling.
- Use your pumpkins as compost at home. Use the inside of the pumpkin to collect food scraps ready for composting. You can compost a pumpkin at home with or without a compost bin - see
- Put the food waste it in the green wheeled bin ready to be composted at a Invessel Composter (IVC) in Warwickshire.
- Please don't buy a plastic pumpkin. Plastic pumpkins don't biodegrade or compost down and are a waste of precious resources.
Warwickshire County Council also provided some advice composting a pumpkin.
There are two ways to compost your pumpkin at home - with and without a bin. Pumpkins are 100 per cent biodegradable which will happen pretty quickly wherever it's left.
However, it's not a great idea to leave a decaying berry (yes, it is actually a berry) outside to decaying.
Warwickshire County Council suggested the following compost tips.
Without a compost bin
- Smash the pumpkin into pieces or use a spade to chop it up.
- Find a shady spot in your garden and dig a hole big enough to fit the pieces.
- Place pumpkin into the hole and cover it with soil. Nature will take over and rot it down nicely, fertilising the soil.
With a compost bin
- Smash up the pumpkin or use a spade to chop it up.
- Place the pumpkin pieces in the bin.
- The pumpkin has a high water content so you will need to balance this out with some dry materials. Leaves are great and might be plentiful, but if you are without leaves you can substitute with cardboard, egg boxes or scrunched up newspaper.
- Let nature do its work and rot the pumpkin down to some great home compost to be used in the spring.