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Save our pumpkins: Scots waste 1.1. million pumpkins at Halloween

Zero Waste Scotland is calling on Scots to tackle the frightful number of pumpkins wasted every Halloween. Research reveals that 1.8 million pumpkins were carved in Scotland for Halloween last year with over 1.1 million thrown away. That’s enough pumpkins to stretch from Edinburgh to Stornoway.

11 Oct 17

Despite four out of five (79%) respondents saying they were concerned about the issue of food waste, seven out of ten pumpkins carved for Halloween didn’t get eaten with over half of all respondents saying they had never thought of a Halloween pumpkin as food.

61% of people surveyed said they wouldn’t know how to cook pumpkin but 83% said they felt guilty when they throw food away. That’s why Zero Waste Scotland as part of its ‘Love Food, Hate Waste’ campaign is creating a toolkit with easy pumpkin recipes (see links to recipes below) to encourage people to use up their pumpkins this Halloween.

Ylva Haglund, Food Waste Campaigns Manager, 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 Farmers' Market on Saturday 14 October and hosting a cooking demo showing consumers how to use your pumpkin carvings and make pumpkin risotto. Recipe cards will be given out and people will be encouraged to follow the Pumpkin trail to find all the ingredients at the Farmers' market to make the recipes.

*Statistics source: Based on UK polling in September 2016 by environmental charity Hubbub and Unilever, with a sample of 2,003 people, scaled to Scotland on a per capita basis by Zero Waste Scotland.




Photography shows: Ylva Haglund, Food Waste Campaigns Manager, Zero Waste Scotland at Arnprior Farm in Stirling, where you can pick your own Scottish pumpkins.




Notes For Editors

  • Food waste facts - Commonly wasted foods in Scotland include fruit, vegetables, bread, dairy and meat and fish. Meat and fish are the most expensive items wasted, with £130 million worth thrown out each year. Veg and salad accounts for £150 million worth of food thrown out as waste each year, while fresh fruit accounts for £79 million. Wasted bread amounts to £49 million a year with over 2 million slices of bread being binned each day, while £26 million worth of milk is poured down the sink per year.
  • Zero Waste Scotland exists to create a society where resources are valued and nothing is wasted. Our goal is to help Scotland realise the economic, environmental and social benefits of making best use of the world’s limited natural resources. We are funded to support delivery of the Scottish Government’s circular economy strategy and the EU Action Plan for the Circular Economy.
  • The Scottish Government is the Managing Authority for the European Structural Funds 2014-20 Programme. For further information visit the website or follow @scotgovESIF.
  • More information on all Zero Waste Scotland’s programmes can be found at www.zerowastescotland.org.uk.
  • You can also keep up to date with the latest from Zero Waste Scotland though via our social media channels - Twitter | Facebook | Google Plus | LinkedIn

For media enquiries contact:

Claire Munro, PR Manager

m: 07702976594

e: claire.munro@zerowastescotland.org.uk

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