Easter packaging - it’s all in the box

Easter packaging - it’s all in the box


Over the years chocolate egg packaging has been a hot topic due to the high proportion that couldn’t be recycled. This is slowly changing with major retailers promising to reduce their packaging which is eggcellent. In Nottinghamshire, Veolia (Nottinghamshire County Councils waste and recycling contractors) are asking everyone to pick their Easter treats with the recycling bin in mind and recycle as much as possible over the bank holiday, starting with cardboard Easter egg boxes. 


Around 80 million Easter eggs are eaten in the UK each year which generates around 4,500 tons of Easter egg packaging. A study by Which? revealed that packaging alone accounts for up to a quarter of the total weight of the most popular Easter eggs on sale on the High Street so it's important to pick sustainably and recycle wherever possible. 

Easter recyclables:

  • Cardboard Easter egg boxes are recyclable, flatten them before putting them in the recycling bin to save space. 
  • Most Easter eggs are wrapped in foil, which can’t be put in the kerbside recycling bin, but can be taken to bring sites at larger supermarkets 
  • If your Easter treat does contain plastic packaging remove this and put it in your general waste bin before recycling your cardboard box.
  • Flowers are a beautiful gift, if your cut stems are wilting give them a second life by adding them to your home compost bin
  • If sending Easter cards make sure they are not glittered so they can be recycled
  • With most of us spending Easter locally this year if you’re posting gifts try to reuse packaging boxes and wrap with brown paper. 
  • Shredded paper can’t go in the recycling bin but can be used in parcels to help protect gifts (like chocolate eggs). 
Chocolate egg manufacturers have listened to public concerns and have made significant improvements by reducing the amount of single use plastic packaging on Easter eggs, we’re now asking all the households in Nottinghamshire to keep up the good work and ensure that the cardboard box packaging is recycled
Lea Hawkes
General Manager for Veolia

In Nottinghamshire cardboard, cans, tins, aerosols, plastic bottles, yoghurt pots, margarine tubs and paper is collected fortnightly by the Borough and District Council collection crews. The recycling is then taken to be sorted at the Materials Recovery Facility in Mansfield before being baled and sent to reprocessors to become new items. 


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