Help cut pumpkin waste this Halloween

This story was published 20 October 2021

Creative pumpkin carvers across North Yorkshire are being encouraged to help prevent food waste this Halloween by rescuing their pumpkins from the bin.

Girl holding pumpkins

In the UK, three in five people are expected to buy at least one pumpkin this year – that’s 35 million pumpkins – but just under half of those are set to go to waste.

The North Yorkshire Rotters will be attending events over the county during half-term, sharing tips on what can be done with pumpkin leftovers:

  • Saturday, October 23: Climate event in Tunstall village community garden from 2pm to 4pm.
  • Monday, October 25: Pumpkin Rescue event with Nigel Brown’s Love Food Hate Waste cookery demonstration at Selby Market Cross from 9am to 2.30pm.
  • Wednesday, October 27: Pumpkinfest Zero Food Waste Awareness Day at Allerton Waste Recovery Park featuring pumpkin carving, a cookery demonstration, site tours and children’s costume competition. Places must be booked in advance by emailing
  • Friday, October 29: Mini wormery event and workshop at The Globe Community Library in Stokesley from 10.30am to 1pm.

County Councillor Derek Bastiman, Executive Member for Waste Management, said: “Halloween is a fun time for many households who love carving out spooky pumpkins but many aren’t familiar with the tasty recipes which make use of the leftovers.

“We run initiatives to reduce food waste all year round, however, it is really important to spread the message at Halloween when a huge percentage of pumpkins are not eaten. These events are sure to give families inspiration on how they can extend the Halloween celebrations.”

Jeff Coates, Volunteer Coordinator with North Yorkshire Rotters, said: “We can’t wait to get out and about sharing some delicious recipes which will make great use of your pumpkin leftovers. To get you started there are plenty of ideas at the Love Food Hate Waste website.

“When you’ve finished carving your pumpkin be sure to cut the flesh into manageable chunks and store it in the fridge or simply freeze the flesh so that you can bake something at a later date. If you do decide to dispose of your pumpkin, they make a great addition to your home compost bin. You could also get creative and turn your pumpkin into a bird feeder!”