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Halloween - make the most of your leftover pumpkin

Halloween - make the most of your pumpkin

A basket of pumpkins and other freshly picked autumnal vegetables.


It’s spooky season and we are stocking up on pumpkins, apples, tasty treats and other hearty and seasonal foods. Unfortunately, 4.5 million tonnes of good food is wasted every year from UK households, that’s enough to fill 38 million wheelie bins!

Pumpkins are more than just a pretty jack-o-lantern, they are rich in vitamins and minerals and can be used in both sweet and savoury dishes. You can use all of your pumpkin, even the pumpkin leftovers from your jack-o-lantern and make the most of it.

12.8 million

pumpkins bought for decoration during Halloween are likely to be left uneaten.


of UK families throw away one pumpkin each!

Food and Recipes

The process of growing, making, distributing, storing and cooking our food uses loads of energy, fuel and water and this process generates 30% of the world’s CO₂e greenhouse gas levels. Let’s change this and do something good for our planet and our pockets by creating some delicious food with our pumpkins and include it as part of our annual Halloween celebrations. Rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, pumpkins are very nutritious and worth saving from the bin.

Find out how you can save your pumpkins from the bin.

Pumpkin recipes