13. Sep, 2019

Halloween Food Waste: You can help reduce the Horror!

Halloween is now Britain’s third biggest commercial holiday, after Christmas and Easter, and the
country’s second biggest party night after New Year’s Eve. A spooky side of Halloween is the
shocking number of edible pumpkins that go to waste each year
Over a quarter of all Halloween pumpkins end up in landfill, that is approximately 18,000 tonnes
of food waste with the flesh of many pumpkins going straight to the food waste bin or composting without being eaten - Hubbub and the local Pumpkin Rescue team are urging pumpkin carvers across the county and city to join this year’s Pumpkin Rescue to help reduce the waste sent to landfill. This year should see the biggest ever Pumpkin Rescue event and it is hoped that Leicestershire will play a significant part by organising and participating in a range of fun-filled cooking, carving and composting events festivals for all the family.

We need your help as every pumpkin eaten is a step towards tackling the 7 million tonnes of food and drink that is thrown away from UK homes every year.
Do you have contacts with “Waste food” Cafes, Restaurants or coffee shops in Leicester or Leicestershire? If so encourage them to join the project and increae awareness of the different ways pumpkin can be cooked served by putting pumpkin dishes on their menu.

If you are involved in an allotment can your site offer surplus pumpkins, including those entered for Biggest Pumpkin Competitions to a local community café? The Allotment Society could also organise a carved pumpkin competition or act as a collection point for carved pumpkins after Halloween so that they can be collected for composting rather than being sent to landfill. They could also organise a Pumpkin smash where people could smash and compost their pumpkins

Local councils, WI, and other community groups and schools (including school cookery clubs) could organise pumpkin cookery demonstrations. Student Unions could offer pumpkin related events in addition to the usual Halloween celebrations.

Community Groups could organise a pumpkin lunch where everybody brings a pumpkin dish to show the range of ways pumpkin can be cooked.
There is a Power Point presentation for download at http://www.carryoncomposting.com/441149742 go to the bottom of the page.
Please spread the world and if you are prepared to help reduce the pumpkin waste sent to landfill in Leicester and Leicestershire please contact carryoncomposting1@gmail.com

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