Source: Northern Ireland City of Armagh
Do you remember how tough it used to be to carve a scary face into a turnip for Halloween?! Well thank goodness pumpkins are now used instead – making the job much easier and also much tastier!
Did you know that of the 10 million pumpkins grown in the UK, 95% are carved and decorated for Halloween? This produces a total of around 18 tonnes of edible food waste! And shockingly, 60% of people simply throw away all parts of their pumpkin instead of thinking what else they could do with it, meaning a huge amount of unnecessary waste.
And did you know that last year, the production of costumes, that tend to be worn only once, added 2,000 tonnes of plastic to the total plastic waste?
So this Halloween, as well as having lots of spooky fun, think green too! Check out Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council’s Bin-Ovation app for brilliant hints and tips on disposing of your Halloween waste in the most environmentally friendly way! It is free from Google Play or App Store.
Here are some other ideas to also make your Halloween green!
- The whole pumpkin is perfectly edible so don’t let them head straight to the bin! Think pumpkin soup, pumpkin spice muffins, risotto, smokey seeds…so many options! Find lots of fun recipes here: https://lovefoodhatewaste.com/search?search_api_views_fulltext=pumpkin
- Unused food such as the pumpkin itself, pumpkin seeds or any leftover snacks can be composted using your brown bin or food caddy.
- Use your recycling bins and kerbside boxes for your drinks bottles and cans, sweet and biscuit containers and cardboard boxes.
- Why not make some Halloween decorations with the kids over half term? This cuts costs and is a fun activity for everyone! Some great ideas can be found here: https://decordolphin.com/2018/10/26/upcycled-halloween-decorations/
These simple ideas are a brilliant way to continue to introduce important environmental actions to the younger generation and to show them how easy it is to recycle from home!
For more information, call the council on 0300 0300 900.