Easter is a time for indulging in chocolate eggs and other delicious treats – and with that in mind, Wealden District Council is making residents aware of how to recycle Easter egg packaging correctly.
Aluminium foil, cards and envelopes can be recycled at home – any cards containing glitter or foil must be put in the rubbish bin. To check if an item is foil or metallised plastic film, scrunch the item in your hand and if it remains scrunched it can go into the recycling bin – just make sure it’s clean before you put it in.
Cardboard boxes can be recycled at home too and flattening them will save space. The plastic inserts used to display and to protect the egg can also be recycled – the insert needs to be separated from the box.
Residents can cut down on waste by choosing eggs with minimal packaging and save money and food waste by freezing leftovers or making other meals out of them. Visit https://www.lovefoodhatewaste.com/ for recipe ideas.
It is also possible to avoid packaging altogether by making your own eggs using melted chocolate and a mould.
Many residents may be purchasing flowers as a gift and these can be added to your home compost bin or the brown waste bin if you have subscribed to Wealden’s garden waste service. https://www.wealden.gov.uk/recycling-and-waste/garden-waste-service/
If you are unsure of how to dispose your Easter egg packaging use the Recyclopedia tool https://www.wealden.gov.uk/recycling-and-waste/recyclopedia/