It is estimated that over a million pumpkins are bought across the UK each Halloween.
Customers buy their pumpkins ready to be carved into the ghoulish lanterns that will adorn doorsteps and windows on the 31 October.
Some 80% of pumpkins bought in the UK are for carving, but how much of each pumpkin a customer pays for is actually used?
Worcestershire County Council is encouraging residents not to bin their pumpkins once Halloween is over as there are many ways you can get your money's worth:
- Cook with your pumpkin – there are a host of recipes on the Love Food Hate Waste website (www.lovefoodhatewaste.com) from the classic pumpkin soup to pumpkin mash. The pumpkin seeds are easy to roast and make a great snack.
- Compost your pumpkin – slice your pumpkin up and put it in your compost bin. If you don't have a compost bin and wish to purchase one go to www.getcomposting.com to order a bin and start composting today.
- Take your unwanted pumpkin to the Old North Stables at Northwick - Transition Worcester will compost it and use the compost for their gardening and growing activities. A box will be left outside the gates of the Old North Stables to accept the pumpkins until mid-November. For more information go to www.transitionworcester.org.uk
Councillor Anthony Blagg, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for the Environment at Worcestershire County Council said: "Halloween, while great fun for the family, is also an example of how wasteful people can sometimes be with food. A pumpkin can have a variety of uses, not just as a lantern, and we encourage residents to visit the Love Food Hate Waste website to see how they can make the most of all of their food. An average family can save up to £70 a month just by shopping smarter, storing more carefully and planning their meals."