Published on 4th November 2022

Pumpkin lantern with toothy grin

This year at Halloween, 39.9 million pumpkins were bought, and of these, a whopping 22.2 million pumpkins will go to waste, left uneaten. That’s £32.6 million worth of edible food!

Cheltenham Borough Council has been encouraging residents to recycle their Jack o’ lanterns by offering ways to use their pumpkins.

The gourd news is, now 3 in 5 people (59%) know you can eat your carving pumpkin.

Pumpkins make an excellent addition to a home compost heap but anyone living in Cheltenham can easily recycle their leftovers at the kerbside. 

Karen Watson environmental services manager said: ‘’Residents are asked to remove candles and tea lights before carefully cutting up the pumpkin and placing it inside their food waste caddy. Large pumpkins can be left next to the food caddy for collection from Monday 7 November 2022; this will ensure that pumpkins out on display aren’t taken in error.’’

There are lots of eerie-sistable pumpkin recipes and dishes coming to life to show people how to save those delicious carvings from the bin.

There is plenty of inspiration to help you use up all the different bits, from a traditional pumpkin soup and roasted seeds for snacks, to a more adventurous coconut pumpkin cake, and even pumpkin kimchi.

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