Be a flesh eater this Halloween

Be a flesh eater this Halloween

Friday 28 October – Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) is urging residents to make a meal of their creepy decorations this Halloween to help slash waste and cut cost.

Reducing food waste is one of the best ways you can help the environment. It also saves money and the traditional Halloween pumpkin bonanza is a perfect opportunity to do things differently.

From soups and savoury pies to sweet cakes, there are lots of ways to make the most of your pumpkin’s flesh after it has been scooped out ready for carving.

For some spooktacular ideas and advice visit lovefoodhatewaste.com and hubbub.org.uk/how-to-eat-pumpkin.

Once your pumpkin is past its prime, breathe new life into it by composting if you can.

If you cannot compost this year, get ready for next Halloween by taking advantage of our great discounts on compost bins somersetwaste.gov.uk/home-composting

If composting is not for you, make sure you add pumpkins to your food waste recycling.

All the food waste collected in Somerset – a staggering 22,922 tonnes in 2021-22 – is recycled in the county, turned into farm compost and electricity for homes at an anaerobic digestion plant.

Making the most of your pumpkin is just one of the ways you can enjoy Halloween without generating scary amounts of waste – saving money at the same time.

If you are dressing up or preparing for a Halloween party, avoid single-use plastics supermarket products and instead go for creepy costumes from old sheets and cardboard boxes that can be recycled later.

Preparing for trick-or-treaters? Get the children involved in making home-made healthier option rather than shop-bought sweets.

For more information about what happens to everything you recycle, visit somersetwaste.gov.uk/recycling-tracker Last year, recycling and reuse in the county saved around 133,600 tonnes of carbon.

To keep up to date with waste services, sign up for the SWP e-newsletter somersetwaste.gov.uk or follow @somersetwaste on Facebook or Twitter.