Don’t put a curse on the environment this Halloween

Published: Tuesday, 27 October 2020

Northampton Borough Council and their environmental services contractor, Veolia 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 environment 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, they can be recycled at the kerbside, please present them in a clear bag next to the recycling bin. 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 brown caddy on your weekly collection day and you will be put into a prize draw to win vouchers on a monthly basis.

Councillor Mike Hallam, Cabinet member for environment, said: “Halloween will be experienced in a very different way this year therefore, we’re advising residents to follow government advice whilst they have a great and spooky time.

“We know most residents do a really good job, recycling as much as they can. We do ask, however, that people 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 landfill – the evil waste graveyard.”

Shaun Donohue, General Manager for Veolia said: “We all love a Halloween trick, but not when it’s at the expense of our planet. As residents celebrate safely with their families at home this year, we hope they take these sustainable myth-busting tips into consideration by reducing their pumpkin waste, reusing old clothes for costumes, and recycling their pumpkin skins after use. Our collective efforts will help to prevent an increase in the amount of food, textile and decoration waste that we see at this time of year going to waste - and avoid any environmental nightmares!”

Residents can find out further information on what goes where, by visiting the Council’s website: