Life after death for Halloween pumpkins – as energy!

Carve out a green end to your Halloween this year – and not with mould or ghastly face paint. As trick or treating ends, revellers are being advised to recycle […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Carve out a green end to your Halloween this year – and not with mould or ghastly face paint.

As trick or treating ends, revellers are being advised to recycle their pumpkins to avoid food waste.

In a trial at ten Sainsbury’s supermarkets, customers can bring pumpkins in store where they will be collected and used in an energy-from-waste power plant by the retailer’s waste partner, Biffa.

A similar fate for old pumpkins is in store for residents of West Oxfordshire Council – it is allowing people to leave pumpkins on top of or next to food waste bins, from where they will be taken to the local waste processing plant near Cassington to be recycled into electricity and fertiliser.

Meanwhile local councils such as South Gloucestershire and Epsom are encouraging residents to recycle old jack’o’lanterns in Autumnal recipes or putting them in compost heaps or food waste bins.