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Don’t make Halloween a recycling horror show

Created on 24/10/2018 @ 10:43
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Local residents are being challenged to avoid sending their pumpkin remains to a grisly end this Halloween.

With more of us buying record numbers of pumpkins each year, the county council is urging us to avoid a recycling horror show with up to 15,000 pumpkins expected to be bought in Powys this Halloween, creating around 75 tonnes of extra food waste.

With the vast majority purely for decoration, officers from the Recycling and Waste Team are encouraging householders to check the cook books and make use of the pumpkins’ contents and to recycle everything else that’s left over.

Cllr Phyl Davies, Cabinet Member for Recycling and Waste, said: “Most people in Powys recycle their food waste every week so it’s really simple to do your bit by recycling yours along with any extra food waste from Halloween.

“It’s a spooky stat that for every 10 tonnes of food waste we recycle, we help to create enough green electricity to power the average household for a year.

“Simply put your pumpkins in or alongside your food caddy and we will pick it up and get it sent off to be recycled.

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