Bring out your dead pumpkins this Halloween - and recycle them!

Residents in East Cambridgeshire are being urged to use special pumpkin bins and save themselves from a recycling horror story.

East Cambridgeshire District Council has teamed up with local firm Ellgia Recycling to install the “spooktacular” recycling bins at the Council offices on Nutholt Lane in Ely.

These bins will be in place from Monday 2 November to Friday 13 November and will be emptied by Ellgia Recycling. 

The recycling firm will use the vegetables to help create electricity through anaerobic digestion. Any material left at the end of the process used to make fertiliser for use on nearby farms.

“In East Cambridgeshire, we are developing an excellent record for recycling thanks to the efforts of our residents putting their waste out to recycle,” said the Council’s Waste and Recycling Champion, Cllr Julia Huffer.

“By teaming up with Ely based Ellgia Recycling this Halloween, we are doing something a little different to help with the disposal of what I’m sure will quite a lot of pumpkins. Their idea to collect what once were scary and often very artistic pumpkins is a great initiative and I hope we can create a lot of electricity through this process.

Joe Rudd of Ellgia Recycling added: "We're pleased to be joining forces with East Cambridgeshire District Council for our latest food recycling campaign for Halloween. Each year tonnes of pumpkins are thrown away and we're pledging to ensure that some of this food is recycled and made into green energy."

Jamie Hailstone is a freelance journalist and author, specializing in local government, transport and energy issues