The Scary Truth About Halloween Pumpkins Kids’ Newspaper

Most Halloween pumpkins end up in landfills (Credit: laurenrpadden / CC0 / Pixabay)

Every October, families rush to the pumpkin patch fields to pick the perfect one. gourds. Some use them to carve spooky pumpkins, while others place them outside their homes as decor. Unfortunately the fascination with the colorful fruit fades away once Halloween ends, and most pumpkins end up in the waste.

A 2020 poll conducted by the UK-based non-profit Hubbub found that more than fifty percent of the 24 million Halloween pumpkins purchased by UK citizens that year were destined for the dump. Things don’t get any better in the United States, where about a billion pounds of pumpkins are thrown away and left to rot in landfills every year. In addition to massive amount of food waste generated, the rotten fruit too emits large amounts of methane – an even more greenhouse gas powerful than carbon dioxide.

Hubbub’s annual #PumpkinRescue campaign has been instrumental in reducing pumpkin waste (Hubbub.org.uk)

Fortunately, this Pollution problem is easy to solve. We can all help eliminate food waste by keeping the edible portions of the fruit during carving. Roasted pumpkin seeds make a nutrient snack, while the flesh can be transformed in a delicious soup, a savory mash or a lip-smacking pie.

Once Halloween is over, drop off your pumpkin lanterns in a room compost collection center if possible. Better yet, see if your town or town is having a pumpkin smashing event and have fun throwing yours on the ground with your friends. Don’t worry, the remains will be collected and composted once all the gourds have been broken.

There are many other ways to to assure the fruits don’t end up in landfills. Fill your hollowed-out pumpkins with grains and leave them in the yard or hanging from a tree for birds, squirrels and other gardens critters appreciate. If your pumpkin is too far away rescue, bury it in your garden – your garden will be even happier.

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Resources: sciencealert.com, theatlantic.com, hubbub.org.uk