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Halloween Recycling - Don't Waste Your Pumpkin!

posted 23 Oct 2019, 08:06 by Peter Cadwallader
Advice from Nottinghamshire County Council on recycling your pumpkins, recycling news, free paint and other tips.

Don't waste your pumpkin

Love your pumpkins this Halloween

What's scarier than witches and ghosts at Halloween?

What about 15 million pumpkins that are thrown away every Halloween?!

That's enough pumpkins to make a bowl of pumpkin soup for everyone in Britain. Check out our top Halloween waste reduction tips and a delicious pumpkin soup recipe... 

Halloween recycling

Have a go at composting


Home composting transforms your kitchen and garden waste as well as small amounts of paper and card into nutrient food for your garden. It's easy to make and use, all you need to get started is a compost bin and some outdoor space.

We're offering 50 lucky Nottinghamshire residents the chance to win a compost bin!

Enter competition 

Community RePaint scheme - October dates added

Free paint scheme

Nottinghamshire residents now have until the end of October to collect free paint, thanks to the Community RePaint Nottinghamshire scheme run by Veolia, our waste contractors.

Free paint is available to collect on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at the following recycling centres:





Book a collection slot online

Residents booking

Did you know Community groups are also eligible to collect free paint? 

Community group booking

Recycling centre opening hours

recycling centre opening times

Don't forget that your local recycling centre is open from 8am to 6pm daily until the end of October, but then from 8am to 4pm from November to February.

Please sort your waste into types before visiting, where possible, and allow plenty of time to unload your waste once at your chosen site as the sites may be busy.

Find your nearest recycling centre

Competition time - enter our Halloween word search

Halloween word search

Test your spooky recycling knowledge and take part in our Halloween word search competition.

Download word search

Once you find the missing word enter it online before 31 October and you'll be entered into our prize draw to win a family ticket to the Spectacle of Light at Rufford Abbey Country Park on Sunday 3 November 2019.

Enter prize draw

Make do and mend workshops

Textiles to Toys workshop

Join us for a free craft workshop at the Materials Recovery Facility in Mansfield. Learn how to make a new toy from old fabrics at our 'Textiles to Toys' session, the perfect half term break project!

When? Tuesday 22 October 9am-12.30pm

Where? Materials Recovery Facility in Mansfield

Book online


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Pizza's do not go in the kerbside recycling bin

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