Scots encouraged to eat their carvings after Halloween
Zero Waste Scotland’s launched a campaign in Stirling to encourage Scots to use their pumpkins, instead of throwing them out, this Halloween.
A study by the campaign group revealed over one million pumpkins were thrown out in Scotland after 31 October.
Now the organisation’s encouraging carvers to eat their lanterns after Halloween- despite over half of people admitting they don’t know how to cook the orange plant.
The “Love Food, Hate Waste” campaign, which was launched at Arnprior Farm, hopes to combat the issue by providing pumpkin-inspired recipes on their website.
Zero Waste Scotland’s food waste campaigns manager Ylva Haglund 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 we want to inspire everyone about what they can do with their pumpkin carvings including making a delicious meal the whole family can enjoy.”
The study found 83% of people felt “guilty” about throwing food away, while four out of five were concerned about the issue of food waste.
Environment secretary Roseanna Cunningham said: “We’ve set an ambitious target to reduce Scotland’s food waste by 33% by 2025.
“This season campaign is a great example of how we can help people value food and avoid wasting it.
“By making people aware of the alternatives of throwing things away we are giving the them the chance to make the right choices when it comes to food.”