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What to do with your leftover pumpkins

02 November 2018

On average, an estimated 8 million pumpkins are binned each year. Now that Halloween has ended, you may be wondering what to do with your leftover pumpkins. 

Pumpkin leftovers can be used for much more than you might think. From cooking to your garden – there’s plenty of eco-friendly ways of disposing of your pumpkins – what will you do with yours? 


Instead of putting the insides of your pumpkin straight into the bin once you have carved out your pumpkin, keep the pulp to one side for some tasty treats. The flesh of a pumpkin can be used to make delicious pies and savoury soups. Roasted pumpkin seeds also make the perfect snack.


Squirrels, hedgehogs, foxes, birds and badgers all love pumpkins. Instead of putting them into your rubbish bin, leave the pumpkin out at the bottom of your garden, in woods or in other forestry areas for wildlife to enjoy.


Pumpkin carcasses make great containers that can be used for potted plants. Pumpkins will last a couple of weeks until they start to rot and make great bird feeders; any leftover seeds can be used to entice the birds.

Many local councils offer food waste recycling services, if you live in an area that doesn’t and you find your wheelie bins are full, why not take advantage of our waste disposal services?

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