Go the ‘Eggstra’ mile for Easter and upcycle or recycle your Easter packaging

Veolia (Nottinghamshire County Council’s waste management contractor), are encouraging residents to remember to reduce, reuse or recycle as much of their Easter waste as possible and are running two special upcycling creative sessions at the Materials Recovery Facility in Mansfield this Easter. 

People in Britain love chocolate. In world league tables of per capita consumption, the UK comes joint 4th behind Switzerland, Germany and Austria. On average, each person in Britain eats approximately 9.5 kg of chocolate per year. Chocoholics in the UK consume approximately 80 million boxed chocolate eggs at Easter, generating more than 3,000 tonnes of UK waste each year*, which could be recycled. In addition an ‘egg-straordinary’ 16 million Easter cards are sent, which are also easily recycled. Major confectioners are now making the green switch to recyclable Easter egg packaging such as cardboard or removing the packaging all together.

On Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th April there will be two free sessions each day for parents/guardians and children to take part in Easter Creative Craft activities reusing the packaging from Easter treats. 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

Wayne Draycott, Materials Recovery Facility Manager at Veolia said: “When buying Easter Eggs try to make sure as much of the packaging is recyclable, this will make it easier for everyone at home to ensure the extra waste goes into the recycling bin and not end up going to waste.”

Paper, cardboard, plastic bottles, plastic margarine tubs and aluminium and steel tins and cans can all go in your kerbside recycling bin. To find and download a full list of items that can go into your recycling bin see:www.areyoubinsmart.co.uk