Don't put a curse on the planet this Halloween

West Northamptonshire Council and their environmental services contractors are encouraging residents to not let the ghost of waste haunt their Halloween.

Recycling is no trick, but it is a real treat for the planet and residents are urged to make sustainable choices, recycle and get creative by making costumes that won't spook the planet. They could have a look around the wardrobe or the loft to see what outfit could be upcycled or adapted to make a perfect fancy dress costume.

Alternatively, if adapting or making a costume is not an option, consider buying it from a charity shop. If costumes cannot be used next year, residents living in Northampton can recycle them at the kerbside, please present them in a clear bag next to the recycling bin, whereas residents in the Daventry and South Northamptonshire areas can take them to the local Household Waste and Recycling Centres, to a charity shop or to a textile bank.

Unfortunately, plastic masks and wigs are too scary for collection teams to pick up as they are made from materials that cannot be recycled. Consider donating them to a local charity shop for someone else to use next year.

Once those pumpkin carvings have done a good amount of scaring, residents can cut down on waste by using the flesh to make Halloween delicacies including pumpkin soup, pie or risotto. Even the seeds can be brought back from the dead boiled in salted water, drained, spread on a baking sheet and cooked in the oven, they could be making a tasty snack. For delicious recipes visit

However, if you still have your pumpkin remains to dispose of, make sure they go into your food waste caddy for composting. Recycling those pumpkins can also see you win treats. Sign up to the 'In to win' scheme at and place the scheme sticker on your caddy. Present your food waste in your food caddy on your weekly collection day and you will be put into a prize draw to win a reward of their choice on a monthly basis.

Cllr Phil Larratt, West Northamptonshire Council Cabinet Member for Environment, Transport, Highways and Waste, said: "As residents have a great and spooky time with their families, we encourage them to try to avoid any environmental nightmares by reducing their pumpkin waste, reusing old clothes for costumes, and recycling their pumpkin skins after use.

"We know most residents do a really good job recycling as much as they can and thank them for their efforts. We also encourage them to keep up this great work and take a few minutes to put the right thing in the right bin, bag or box to ensure that waste is not sent to the evil waste graveyard."

Residents can find generic information on what goes where, by visiting the Council's website:

Posted: Tue, 26 Oct 2021 09:33 by John Scott

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