This Easter, Nottinghamshire County Council’s waste management contractor, Veolia, are encouraging everyone in Nottinghamshire to use their recycling bin for paper and card – including Easter egg cardboard packaging, newspapers, magazines and junk mail.
Easter eggs still generate an estimated staggering 3,000 tonnes of waste in the UK each year. To help reduce the amount of Easter packaging sent to waste, why not try some of these top tips for reducing, reusing and recycling:
• Look for Easter eggs with the least amount of packaging
• Make Easter treats instead of buying shop-bought eggs. Children will love helping to make chocolate cornflake cakes, or creating Easter bunny-shaped biscuits
• If you are planning a big Easter Sunday lunch, try to buy loose vegetables rather than pre-packaged ones and put the peelings in the compost bin
• Give each other handpainted eggs instead of shop bought ones
• A tree or plant makes an egg-cellent Easter gift and produces no waste!
• Use old Easter egg plastic packaging as a mould to make your own Easter eggs!
• Make your own Easter cards using left over materials
• The foil from Easter eggs can be re-used to make Easter decorations or to wrap up leftover food. Once you have re-used it, please put it in your general rubbish bin.
• Book a place on one of the free family Easter packaging upcycling workshops at the Materials Recovery Facility in Mansfield on Monday 4th or Tuesday 5th April. Please note this is open for adults & children aged over 7 due to the visit Recycling Tour age restrictions. To find out more or book a free place please visit: www.veolia.co.uk/nottinghamshire/events
• Cardboard Easter egg boxes can go into your kerbside recycling bin
• The plastic egg moulds are unfortunately not recyclable, so if you can’t re-use them, please put them in your general rubbish bin
• When the celebrations are over, pop your Easter cards in your recycling bin
• Don’t forget to compost the vegetable peelings from your Easter lunch. If you’ve been gardening over the Easter weekend, add your plant prunings and grass cuttings. The compost will improve the soil quality and help plants grow
Finally, if you are having a spring clean over Easter, remember that all the Nottinghamshire Recycling Centre’s are open as usual over Easter from 8 am till 8 pm daily. It’s not just paper and card you can recycle this Easter at the Recycling Centres, but lots of other materials too such as:, glass, textiles and shoes, green waste, batteries, scrap metals, timber and even electrical items! To find your nearest centre, visit: www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/waste-and-recycling
Wayne Draycott, Materials Recovery Facility Manager at Veolia said: “At this eggciting time residents are reminded that eggstra paper and card can be placed in their kerbside recycling bin, but no plastic egg packaging or carrier bags please!"