Recycle egg-stra waste at Easter

Lucky enough for the Easter Bunny to pay you a visit? You may notice that you create more waste than usual this Easter.

Easter is the biggest chocolate-selling period of the year after Christmas. Approximately 80 million chocolate eggs are sold in the UK, generating almost 5,000 tonnes of card, foil and plastic. The majority of this waste can be recycled in blue-lidded bins. 

Our top tips for recycling this Easter:  

Unscramble whether packaging is recyclable: cardboard, aluminium foil and firm plastic are all recyclable in the blue-lidded bin. Residents can make more room by:

  • Balling small pieces of foil together so they can be recycled more easily at the factory – a tennis ball size is perfect if possible
  • Flattening cardboard boxes

Soft scrunchy plastics and sweet wrappers should go in the grey bin.

Bank holiday bin collection changes

You can check bin collection changes over the Easter bank holidays using your own Waste Collection Calendar or online.

Having a spring clean?

If you're having a clear-out check to see what can be recycled at your nearest recycling bank or tip.

Organising an Egg Hunt?

Only natural garden waste should go in the green bin - no cardboard, food or plastic. If you are creating lots of garden waste you can subscribe to the Additional Garden Waste Service.

Not just the Easter Bunny paying a visit? If you are hosting any gatherings over this long weekend, remember to let guests know what materials can be recycled in your home and where they should put them to make sure these items can be reborn as something new.

Thank you for recycling, have a cracking Easter!