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Eco Easter

20 March 2013

jamieanne  flickr The average Brit eats 17.49lbs of chocolate each year.  And as a nation we spend a whopping £229million on Easter eggs.

All this chocolate leads to roughly 3,000 tonnes of extra waste every Easter.

Try our top tips for how to have your egg and eat it too:

 Try some DiY

Making your own Easter eggs is an excellent way to keep your waste down and still give friends and family a yummy treat. You can even reuse the plastic from past eggs as a mould.

Avoid egg-cessive packaging

Look for eggs where there is little to no plastic, and the packaging fits snugly around the egg. This way you can limit how much you have to throw away this Easter.

 Know what you can recycle

  • Card can be recycled throughout Dorset, simply flatten it and place in your recycling bin or box
  • Foil and plastic can be taken to local mini recycling centres across Dorset
  • Rigid plastic can be recycled at many mini recycling centres and can also be put in your recycling bin if you live in Christchurch or parts of East Dorset and use the new ‘recycle for Dorset’ service

Be an Egg-cellent recycler this Easter

1 April 2010

Are you looking forward to tucking into some tasty chocolate treats this Easter? Did you know 3,000 tonnes of Easter egg packaging is produced in the UK each year?

Enjoy Easter and limit your egg-stra waste by trying our top recycling tips:

  • Easter egg cardboard box – compress or fold this and take it to your nearest household recycling centre or recycling bank. It can also be torn up and put in your home composting bin
  • Foil – scrunch up aluminium foil and this can be recycled at some recycling banks
  • When buying your Easter treats, try to choose eggs with minimal packaging or ones using more recyclable materials
  • Try making your own tasty Easter treats – children love helping to make chocolate cornflake cakes as well as getting creative and hand painting/decorating eggs
  • Recycle any Easter cards you receive. You can also send your Easter greetings by e-card
  • Save the plastic egg shell and use it to make your own chocolate eggs next year

So after you’ve indulged in chocolate egg or two, remember to reuse and recycle as much of the packaging as possible.

Find out about what the retail industry (opens in a new window) has been doing to reduce Easter egg packaging.

Happy Easter!

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