waste warning issued to Burnham-On-Sea residents
of Halloweens scariest things is its 'wicked waste', families
in the Burnham-On-Sea area are being warned.
Waste Partnership (SWP) has this week urged people to think carefully
about the waste they generate since Halloween can be a time of single-use
plastic outfits for children and extra food waste.
SWP figures indicate 42% of local people say they buy a pumpkin,
while a third of those create meals from the flesh and seeds; and
many recycle them, putting the remains in their food waste bin or
compost bin. But a quarter throw the pumpkins away, and they usually
ends up buried in landfill.
tonnes of edible pumpkins are put in rubbish bins or black sacks.
That is the same weight as 1,500 double decker buses, or the equivalent
of 360 million portions of delicious pumpkin pie. For most pumpkins,
every part except the stalk can be eaten, while some have dubbed
pumpkin seeds a new 'superfood'.
Nick Cater, an SWP spokesperson tolf Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Fewer
of us today regard waste as a sin, but it is fearful how much rubbish
we create, especially around special occasions like Halloween, Guy
Fawkes Night and Christmas."
it takes is a little planning, a quick check for trick-or-treat
recipes online at lovefoodhatewaste.com
and letting young imaginations run wild."
too much, poor storage and big portions create costly food waste,
while every costume put in a rubbish bin and sent off to £100-a-tonne
landfill adds to council taxes.
has this week also warned families to be sure that they do not start
a potentially fatal fire in their rubbish bin after bonfire night
with ashes or fireworks.
"The advice on ash, embers, barbecues and even the contents
of ashtrays is to ensure they are completely cool or drenched with
water to avoid fire risks in bins, vehicles or on landfill sites,"
"Fully spent fireworks must be soaked in water and then they
can be disposed of in general refuse or taken to a recycling site
to be put in the general waste."
"Misfired or partly spent fireworks must be soaked in a container
of water overnight, until properly sodden, and the manufacturer
or supplier should be contacted for guidance on disposal."