Halloween waste reduction, recycling and reusing for Nottinghamshire

What's scarier than witches and ghosts at Halloween? What about 12.8 million pumpkins that get carved then wasted at Halloween.

The seeds and pulp of carving pumpkins can be eaten, but more than half of the UK (59%) don’t realise this, resulting in more than 12 million carving pumpkins being wasted every year.

Before home composting or throwing away any leftover pumpkin we have recipe ideas for how to cook and enjoy this seasonal squash.

And don't forget that once you've eaten all you can, your home compost bin will love the rest of your pumpkin. Find out here more about the best mix for composting at home.


Pumpkins are everywhere in October, but don't let this fantastic vegetable just be carved, let them be dinner too!

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


Rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, pumpkins are very nutritious and worth saving from the bin.

Crunchy, flavoursome roasted pumpkin seeds can be made for pennies! Perfect for snacking, sprinkling and spicing up your dishes. Reduce your waste with this super simple recipe from Love Food Hate Waste:

Top tips for a reduced waste Halloween at home

Why not get crafty and make your own decorations this Halloween?

Milk bottles could become ghosts (and then be recycled), paper decorations can be hung in the windows (and then be recycled).

Fa-BOO-lous decorations don't have to be store-bought.

Homemade decorations not only make a great family activity, but can be more cost effective and environmentally sound than buying them from the shops. With 2,000 tonnes of plastic waste generated from Halloween annually, why not cut the waste and try getting creative using common household items instead.

Carving pumpkins are edible - The seeds and pulp of carving pumpkins can be eaten, but more than half of the UK (59%) don’t realise this, resulting in more than 12 million carving pumpkins being wasted every year.

If you are having a spooktastic family evening, avoid using disposable plates and cutlery and use reusable ones instead.

There’s no need to be frightened of making a Halloween costume, because it's easier than people think and it avoids the need to buy new. For example, sketch a skeleton onto black clothes using chalk, which can then be sponged off, washed and worn again. This can help prevent textile waste and cut down on the monster-ous seven million costumes that are thrown away every year.

Dressing up in spooky costumes is a key part of Halloween, 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

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For your chance to win a family ticket* to the Rufford Abbey Spectacle of Light (Rufford Abbey Country Park NG22 9DF) between 5th - 14th November 2021**

Further information on the event can be found here: https://spectacleoflight.co.uk/rufford-abbey/

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

** Date subject to availability

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