Halloween is Britain’s third biggest commercial celebration, after Christmas and Easter but every year a shocking number of edible pumpkins go to waste.

Central Bedfordshire Council is encouraging residents to make the best use of their pumpkins by cooking the flesh or recycling the gourds in their food waste bins; do your own bit with  Bee Local’s pumpkin recipe here.

More than a quarter of all Halloween pumpkins end up in landfill – that’s 18,000 tonnes – and many more go straight into the compost bin (or worse into landfill) without being eaten.

Don’t be tricked, pumpkins are not just a decoration but a very delicious treat after Halloween. They can be made into a number of recipes, including cakes, pies, breads, curries and soups, so why not make the most of your pumpkin.

Councillor Budge Wells, Deputy Executive Member for Community Services at Central Bedfordshire Council, said: “We encourage families to keep food waste to a minimum all year round. Festivals such as Halloween can be expensive, so it’s particularly important that the public make the most of their money and their food. Half of people in the UK have never eaten pumpkin before, and a survey found that 6 in 10 said they wouldn’t know how to cook pumpkin. If would like a recipe for cooking your pumpkin why not check out www.lovefoodhatewaste.com

“If we are to tackle the seven million tonnes of food and drink wasted from British homes each year, we must recognise that pumpkins are a valuable source of food and not just for decoration. Halloween is a great opportunity to help our children understand where food comes from and involve them in cooking a simple meal with their pumpkin carvings.”