Now that Halloween is officially over, what do to with all those scary jack-o-lanterns? According to this video from OLIO, an app that helps us live more sustainably by connecting neighbours to prevent food waste, more than 18,000 tonnes of pumpkins are wasted every year in the United Kingdom. In the United States this translates to 1.3 billion pounds of organic matter that’s used as decoration for one night.
If tossed in a landfill along with other household trash, pumpkins emit greenhouse gasses that contribute to global warming, according to the US Department of Energy. So, at the very least, compost your pumpkins, donate them to a local farmers’ market or community garden, or check with local restaurants or government agencies about options for efficient food waste disposal.
Better yet, eat it!
Below are some delicious recipes for your pumpkin.
If none of these whet your appetite, save the pumpkin for the animals. Porcupines, birds, and even pet dog will enjoy a pumpkin dinner.
Waste not, want not.