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Scots wasting 1.1 million pumpkins every Halloween

Over half of people asked say they do not think of Halloween pumpkins as food.

Halloween: Campaign to reduce pumpkin waste.
Halloween: Campaign to reduce pumpkin waste. PA

Scottish households bin 1.1 million pumpkins every Halloween.

Research by Zero Waste Scotland found just 700,000 of the 1.8 million pumpkins carved every year were eaten.

When asked, four out of five (79%) of respondents said they were concerned about food waste but over half (61%) of those surveyed admitted they had never thought of their Halloween pumpkin as food.

With food waste being one of the biggest carbon monoxide contributors in 2016, Zero Waste Scotland has taken on the task of reducing pumpkin waste this year.

A third of those surveyed said they would not know what to do with a pumpkin after Halloween but 83% said they felt guilty throwing food away.

Ylva Haglund, food waste campaigns manager for Zero Waste Scotland, said: "Halloween is now the second biggest party night after New Year's Eve in Scotland and as such it's important we don't just keep creating an ever-larger mountain of food waste.

"That's why, through our Love Food, Hate Waste campaign we want to inspire everyone about what they can do with their pumpkin carvings including making a delicious meal the whole family can enjoy."

Environment secretary Roseanna Cunningham, said: "This seasonal campaign is a great example of how we can help people value food and avoid wasting it.

"We've set an ambitious target to reduce Scotland's food waste by 33% by 2025.

"By making people aware of the alternatives to throwing things away we are giving them the chance to make the right choices when it comes to food."

Zero Waste Scotland will be attending Edinburgh Farmer's Market on Saturday and hosting a cooking demo showing consumers how to use pumpkin carvings and make pumpkin risotto.

Zero Waste Scotland have put together three pumpkin recipes:

Pumpkin seed brownies, pumpkin blue cheese and apple risotto, and a spiced pumpkin feta lentil salad

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