WREXHAM council is supporting Waste Awareness Wales to urge people to go green this Hallowe’en.
From getting the most from your pumpkin to creating your own spooky costumes, there are many ways in which you can enjoy Hallowe’en and be kinder to the environment at the same time.
More than a million pumpkins are sold each year in Britain and many end up as one-off Hallowe’en lanterns in homes across the country.
Once October 31 is over, most of these pumpkin lanterns are unnecessarily thrown away as rubbish and sent to landfill.
Cllr David Bithell, lead member for the environment and transport, said: “Hallowe’en is a great time of year to kick-start a drive to reducing the amount of waste we throw away.
“Make the most of the whole pumpkin – the insides can be served up as tasty Hallowe’en treats. The inner pulp can be used to make a pumpkin soup or risotto and the pumpkin seeds can be toasted or roasted in the oven and sprinkled over muesli.
“Your garden birds will love the seeds as a treat too! When you’ve finished with your lantern, you can compost the pumpkin shell at home along with items including tea bags, eggshells and vegetable peelings.”
Wrexham council supports home composting and composters are available at reduced prices from the council’s website at www.wrexham.gov.uk or one can be ordered by contacting 01978 298989.
Top tips for a green Hallowe’en include making your own costume from old clothes and scrap materials, e-mailing your party invites to save paper and, if you’re stocking up on treats, choose those that use little or no packaging.