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Pumpkins and extra garden waste

Residents who recycle food and garden waste will benefit from extra help in the next few weeks.

Hallowe’en usually means lots of leftover pumpkins at the start of November. Any that can’t be used in cooking or composting can be collected by the bin crews if left next to the food waste bin.

The pumpkins, like other food waste recycling, is taken to a processing centre in Oxfordshire where it is transformed into fertiliser and green electricity.

Extra garden waste

If you are signed up for brown bin collections, you can put out twice as much garden waste during extra garden waste weeks next month.

Crews will collect the equivalent of one extra bin’s worth of garden waste (around three large bin bags) in the week commencing 11th November.

You should leave the extra garden waste out in bin liners or sacks beside your brown bins on your usual collection day.  Trade waste bags cannot be accepted.

Cllr Jenny Hannaby, cabinet member for environmental services Vale of White Horse District Council, said: “After the fun of Hallowe’en many people use pumpkins in cooking and composting but if they cannot be used in this way they can be easily recycled by leaving them out with their food waste bins. Residents can recycle all leftovers, raw or cooked. But we’d urge them not to put food in the recycling as it can contaminate a whole lorryload.”

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