Halloween waste reduction, recycling and reusing for Nottinghamshire

What's scarier than witches and ghosts at Halloween? What about 8 million pumpkins that get carved then wasted at Halloween.


Find out how to use and reuse your pumpkin waste this Halloween 

Try our hearty bean and pumpkin soup to use up your leftover pumpkins.

Top tips for a reduced waste Halloween at home

  • While we may not be able to go trick or treating this year, it's not to say that we can't spook up our homes. And what's better than getting crafty and making your own decorations! Milk bottles could become ghosts (and then be recycled), paper decorations can be hung in the windows (and then be recycled). 
  • If you are having a spooktastic family evening, avoid using disposable plates and cutlery and use reusable ones instead.
  • Social distancing shouldn't mean we can't all connect and still share our fancy dress for the day. Photos and video calls can allow you to share your dressing up choices with family and friends safely. Now's the perfect time to have a route around in the wardrobe or in the loft to see what outfit you could upcycle or adapt to make Looking for a fancy dress costume? Take a trip down to the charity shop and see what your imagination can create!
  • And for your all hallows tasty treats why not go packaging free by making your own cakes and biscuits.
We'd love to see photos of all your top tips and tricks for a green halloween, share them with us on social media with the hashtag #NottsRecycles

To test your spooky recycling knowledge take part in our Halloween word search competition


Once you have found the missing word 


before midnight on the 1st of November 2020

Halloween word search easy print at home version (816.83 KB)


For your chance to win a family ticket* to the Rufford Abbey Spectacle of Light (Rufford Abbey Country Park NG22 9DF) on Thursday 12th of November November 2020.

Further information on the event can be found here: www.parkwoodoutdoors.co.uk/centre/rufford-abbey/show/9bf5c02b-0e89-e911-a999-d3e49666e2ef/spectacle-of-light

* A Family ticket comprises of 2 adult and 2 child tickets


Educational downloads, colouring pages, how to sheets and activities
Information about the Recycling Centres in Nottinghamshire
Recipes to help cut down on food waste and use up seasonal produce