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Dispose of your waste responsibly this Easter


Easter recycling

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.

Thankfully, the majority of this waste can be recycled in your blue-lidded bins.

Here are our top tips for recycling this Easter: 

Determine whether your packaging is recyclable or not

Cardboard, aluminium foil and firm plastic are all recyclable in the blue-lidded bin.

  • Ball small pieces of foil together so that they can be recycled more easily at the factory - a tennis ball size is perfect if possible.

  • Flatten cardboard boxes to make more room in your blue-lidded bin.

  • Remember excess recycling can be placed in a sturdy container next to your bin.

  • Soft scrunchy plastics and sweet wrappers should go in the grey bin or can be taken to selected supermarkets such as Tesco, Co-op and Sainsbury’s.

Visit our Easter recycling page for a quick video guide.

Bank holiday bin collection changes

Due to the bank holidays, there are changes to your bin collections. Collections will be as normal on Good Friday 15 April 2022. However, there will be no collection on Monday 18 April 2022. All collections that week will be one day later than usual.

Make sure you know when your bin collection changes are over the Easter bank holidays by either checking your Waste Collection Calendar or using our online postcode checking tool.

Having a spring clean?

Visit our Recycling centres page to see what can be recycled at your nearest neighbourhood recycling bank and tip. You might also want to make use of our bulky waste collection service. You can find out more by visiting our Bulky items collection page.

Preparing your garden for an egg hunt?

Only natural garden waste should go in your green bin - no cardboard, food or plastic. We offer an opt-in service to collect a second green-lidded bin (or more if required) if you are creating lots of garden waste. Details can be found on our Additional Garden Waste Subscription Service page.

Hosting an Easter gathering?

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.