With Easter celebrations coming up, it’s staggering to think we get through 80 million boxed chocolate eggs in this country which generate an estimated 3,000 tonnes of waste.
We also send out 16 million Easter cards each year.
So now is a great time to get creative and think of egg-xtra ways to recycle as well as reusing and reducing Easter-generated waste.
In Nottinghamshire, we have a materials recovery facility where the recyclable materials we put in our kerbside recycling bin are separated and sent to be made into new products.
And on average, our 12 recycling centres recycle an impressive 80 per cent of waste received.
This saves money and reduces energy bills in the long-term.
So here’s a few cracking ideas to make this Easter more environmentally friendly:
Make and decorate Easter treats instead of buying shop-bought eggs.
It’s a great way to get children involved, by making chocolate cornflake cakes or other goodies or even Easter bunny-shaped biscuits
Shiny foil from Easter eggs can be re-used to make Easter decorations or is a colourful way to wrap up leftover food.
Once you have re-used it, pop it in the general rubbish bin.
Look-out for Easter eggs with the least amount of packaging or for materials which can be recycled.
Cardboard Easter egg boxes can go into your kerbside recycling bin, as can Easter cards.
Remember plastic packaging needs to be placed in the general rubbish bin.
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.
And if you are having a spring clean over Easter, the good news is that Nottinghamshire’s 12 recycling centres are now open even longer, with summer opening hours from 8am till 8pm daily.
It’s not just paper and card you can recycle this Easter at the local recycling centre on Shireoaks Road in Worksop, but lots of other materials too such as, glass, textiles and shoes, garden and green waste, batteries, scrap metals, timber and even electrical items.
n Rachel Peck is waste planning team manager at Nottinghamshire County Council