Don’t dump your pumpkins

Mick Ferris
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Southend City Council is noticing all the fang-tastic pumpkin fun that residents are having, but are asking people to dispose of them responsibly.

Over the past few years, there has been an increase in old pumpkins being left in Southend’s parks and open spaces. Not only does this make the spaces unpleasant for visitors and discarded pumpkins can cause illness to some wildlife.

There are a few ways to make use of old Jack O’Lanterns, You could dispose of them in one of the following ways:

  • Use the existing food collection service
  • Put your pumpkin on your home composting heap
  • For the remaining edible parts of your pumpkin, you can find fun and interesting recipes online

Cllr Carole Mulroney, cabinet member for environment, culture, tourism and planning, said: “We know that families love spending time together carving pumpkins as is now traditional here in England, and we would like to thank residents who dispose of their pumpkins properly. However, we know there are also some people who leave them in parks, even when there are so many easy ways to dispose of them.

“So please don’t be a jerk-o-lantern by turning our beautiful parks and open spaces into a pumpkin graveyard and make sure you dispose of them correctly.”


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