We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue we'll assume that you are happy to accept cookies.

Skip to main content
Times are changing

From Sunday 28th October all of our household Recycling Centres changed to the new winter opening times which will are 10am - 4pm.
In addition all sites will be closed one day per week throughout the year.
Find out more here

Hempsted Household Recycling Centre

Hempsted Household Recycling Centre (HRC) near Gloucester will close from 3 December to 21 December for an upgrade. The site will reopen at 10am on Saturday 22nd December. All other sites will be open as normal.

For more information visit here.

Perfect pumpkin recipes


Take a look at our delicious seasonal dishes to use up those pumpkin leftovers


Did you know that 15 million pumpkins each year go to waste instead of being eaten in the UK? That’s enough for a bowl of pumpkin soup for every person in Britain!

To help Gloucestershire residents make the most of their pumpkin leftovers (or if you just have an abundance of pumpkin and wonder what to do with all that extra veg) we’ve found some of our favourite online recipes for you to try. 

Love Food Hate Waste Recipes: (Love Food Hate Waste is a national campaign aimed at reducing food waste.  The aims of the campaign is now adopted worldwide.)

Spicy Pumpkin Soup

Pumpkin Seed Brownies

Pumpkin & Spinach Frittata


Hubbub Recipe Book: (Hubbub is a UK environmental charity committed to reducing waste.  Their #PumpkinRescue recipe book includes recipes for pumpkin chutney; pumpkin, ricotta and ginger tarts; pumpkin, stilton and black pudding pies; gluten-free pumpkin and raspberry brownies and more!  Recipes have been provided by top chefs including Ainsley Harriott, Tom Aikens and Carina Contini).

Hubbub #PumpkinRescue Recipe Book

Interested in reducing food waste on a larger scale?  Why not host a #PumpkinRescue festival in your community! 

Run a #PumpkinRescue event 


Cambridge Sustainable Food Recipes: (Cambridge Sustainable Food (CSF) is a network of public, private and community organisations in Cambridge and the surrounding villages, working to promote a sustainable local food system.  While they are not a local organisation they have a whole page on their website dedicated to pumpkin recipes).

Cambridge Sustainable Food


BBC Good Food: (The BBC Good Food website has a wealth of free recipes to browse.  The site allows you to filter recipes by they type of meal you are wanting to make (i.e. main course, side dish or supper), by the amount of cooking time you have available and if you have particular diet requirements).

BBC Good Food Pumpkin Recipes

BBC Good Food Halloween Recipes



Pumpkins will generally store well for a few months without needing to be cooked as long as the skin hasn't been damaged.  Alternatively, cut the pumpkin up into cubes and cook it before freezing in containers or zip lock bags.  Defrost when ready for use in curries, stews or pies. Or why not make a thick puree or a tasty soup both of which can be frozen to use later.





Help us improve Recycle for Gloucestershire

Don’t include personal or financial information like your National Insurance number or credit card details.