Halloween need not be the Festival of Food waste
Community groups, local authorities, Environmental and Food Groups, Allotment Societies, Schools, Scouts, Guides and other
food fanatics can all help reduce waste at Halloween by taking part in our Leicester and Leicestershire Pumpkin Rescue events.
It is estimated that in the UK up to four million pumpkins are brought to carve and
display over Halloween with the edible flesh of these pumpkins being discarded as waste and ending up with most of the lanterns in landfill. This produces an additional 18,000 tons of landfill waste directly attributable to the Halloween festivities.
This, according to the environmental charity Hubbub, is equivalent to 360 million portions of pumpkin pie. The U.S. Department of Agriculture states that 1.91 billion pounds of pumpkins where grown in the USA in 2014 most of which, as in the UK, where
used for carving and then thrown away,
Much of this waste is due to people being unaware of the versatility of pumpkin flesh as a food or not realising that the fresh discarded when carving the pumpkin can be eaten.
It is calculated that in the UK only 33% cook the fresh of the pumpkins they carve out. On this basis, farmers are growing acres of food just for it to be thrown away
Carve it, Cook it, Eat it, Compost it
Join us in reducing pumpkin waste while celebrating Halloween
- Provide pumpkin recipes and cooking advice
- Organise a carved pumpkin event and photograph the
pumpkins and carvers in your Community Centre or school before sending the pumpkins to them to Stokes Wood Allotment for display. Encourage carvers to cook the flesh from the pumpkins
- Book a provisional place
on the Pumpkin Lunch at Stokes Wood and bring a pumpkin dish to share
- Hold a Best Carved pumpkin competition at school, on the allotment or at scouts etc
- Pumpkin Smash at Stokes Wood
Allotment Compost Demonstration Site Take part in the smashing of the carved pumpkins and start composting them. In 2019 we had over 100 pumpkins to smash and compost. Contact carryoncomposting1@gmail to
arrange a collection of carved pumpkins for schools or clubs
A downloadable Powerpoint presentation is availabe at the bottom of this page.
If you are interested in helping to organise, host or support one or more of these events,
Link to main pumpkin page Composting Pumpkins
If you cannot get your pumpkin to our "smash" or compost it at home and if your local area has a food waste collection you can put it in there.