Merton residents urged not to waste their pumpkin this Halloween

Merton residents urged not to waste their pumpkin this HalloweenPeople living in property to rent in Merton are being encouraged to get the most out of their pumpkin this Halloween.

According to the local council, many people waste their giant fruit every year by throwing it in the bin, but they are missing out on a variety of treats.

This year, the council wants residents to eat the versatile food and compost or recycle the remains through the food waste recycling service.
Roasted pumpkin seeds make a tasty snack, while the flesh can be used to make a variety of dishes including pumpkin soup and pumpkin pie.

To help Merton residents get the most out of their squash, the Love Food Hate Waste campaign has some great easy recipe ideas on its website.

Whatever people decide to do with their pumpkin, the council said, composting the remains is the perfect way to finish it off.

Many people are not aware that food waste costs households up to £50 a month, as well as having an impact on the environment, the local authority remarked.

Cabinet member for environmental sustainability and regeneration Councillor Andrew Judge said: "Sending pumpkins and other organic waste such as vegetable peelings to landfill is not sustainable or good for the environment. As well as reducing landfill, composting means you can improve your soil and put goodness back into the garden.

"Households can save waste and money by changing small habits within their homes."

Residents can order a compost bin from Merton Council from only £5 plus £5.49 delivery. 

Posted by Charles Mackay

Published 20th October, 2011

© 2011 Estates IT Limited

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