To reduce the amount of pumpkins thrown away this Halloween, we have teamed up with environmental charity Hububb to encourage our residents to recycle the spooky staple instead.
Here’s a scary statistic – did you know every year over a quarter of all Halloween pumpkins end up in landfill? That’s 18,000 tonnes of food waste! So rather than binning your pumpkin, why not get baking instead?
To support Hububb’s #PumpkinRescue campaign, we will be sharing tasty pumpkin recipes on social media, and offering top tips and advice on how to recycle the vegetable.
We hope the campaign encourages residents to continue using their food waste bin, so together we can help Ashford become a greener and more eco-friendly borough.
To get involved keep an eye out on Twitter via @Ashfordcouncil and @HubbubUK and use the hashtag #PumpkinRescue
Cllr Clair Bell, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Land Management, said “Ashford Borough Council is committed to encouraging recycling within the borough and we hope this campaign will help residents further reduce their food waste. We want to ensure that residents are making the best use of their food caddy’s and are aware that food waste is collected on a weekly basis.”
Trewin Restorick, Founder and CEO of Hubbub said: “As Halloween continues to grow in popularity in the UK, it’s really important that this doesn’t create an ever larger mountain of food waste. We must recognise that pumpkins are a valuable source of food and not just for decoration, if we are to tackle the 7 million tonnes of food and drink wasted from British homes each year. Halloween is a great opportunity to help our children understand where food comes from and involve them in cooking a simple meal with their pumpkin carvings.”
Hubbub is an environmental charity that inspires people to make healthier, greener lifestyle choices. Find out more about the #PumpkinRescue campaign at www.hubbub.org.uk/pumpkin-rescue
The council collects food waste weekly, simply put your kitchen caddy (with the orange lid) out with your refuse and recycling bin on collection day. Pumpkins can also be placed on top of the caddy and will be collected. We will also be trialling food bins placed at the following locations from Monday 30th of October until Friday 3rd of November for the purpose of receiving pumpkins.
The bins will be located at;
– Vicarage Lane car park
– Civic Centre Car Park
– Tenterden (Waitrose) Car Park
To find out what items you can and cannot place in your food caddy visit www.ashford.gov.uk/waste where you will also find lots of tips and advice on how to recycle smart, and reduce the amount of contamination and rejected waste loads received at the recycling plant.