After Halloween, thousands of pumpkins end up in landfills
Every year after Halloween in the United States, thousands of tons of pumpkins end up in landfills, where they decompose and release methane into the atmosphere, contributing to global warming. More and more Americans are trying to counter this.
On the last day of October each year, the lawns in front of American homes are decorated – with skeletons, ghosts, and other terrible decorations – Millions of pumpkins, often hollow and sculpted, they serve as lanterns. Although the effect can be impressive, it does not last long – squash deteriorates quickly and as a result, in the following days, end up on a large scale in landfills, where they emit greenhouse gases.
Every year this ritual wakes up Alert from environmentalists, food banks and social activists. precise Halloween food waste Unknown, but according to statistics reported by The Atlantic, approximately 600,000 people end up in landfills each year. Tons of pumpkins.
According to Gary Oppenheimer, president of Ample Harvest, Americans are increasingly aware of this, even though the volume of waste remains enormous.
Every year right after that Halloween We are seeing an increasing number of visits to our website and apps to gift our pumpkins – The activist notes.
The organization operates in all 50 states, making unwanted but edible donations gourd For local food banks and stores. There are more and more of them.
In good storage conditions gourd It has a long lifespan, but there is one condition: it should not be touched by a knife, and it should not be pierced. said Oppenheimer.
This requirement eliminates many pumpkins used for Halloween. Fortunately, there are other options as well. SCARCE collects and distributes “used” vegetables Fertilizer. In this way, 9 to 10 tons of pumpkins trap water and nutrients down to the soil. There are also smaller local initiatives.
My friend has a goat farm so we teamed up with her to take everyone there gourd neighborhood. Goats cope with it without any problem – Sarah Weidman from Chesterfield says: Virginia. It is unfortunate that so much is wasted because squash is a wonderful vegetable that can be used to make so many things – He adds.
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