Have an egg-cellent waste free Easter 

Whatever is happening this Easter, from a 6-person gathering in your garden or a meet up in your local park, here’s how to reduce, reuse and recycle this Easter!

Did you know on average 80 million Easter eggs are sold in the UK each year and over 8,000 tonnes of waste is generated just from Easter egg packaging and cards. Easter is a time to indulge and celebrate however it often comes at a cost to our pocket and the environment! 

Here is our egg-cellent guide to help you reduce, re-use and recycle your waste during the Easter period.

Choose your egg wisely! 

Thanks to consumer pressure and the Courtald Commitment Easter egg packaging has reduced significantly over the years. But you can still make a difference by choosing products with less packaging and therefore more chocolate! Or why not buy a big bar of chocolate instead of an over packaged egg?!

picture of egg, rabbit and chocolate

However if you do recieve an Easter Egg with packaging, remember that lots of it can be put in your recycling bin including the cardboard packet, plastic moulding and foil wrapping. 

TOP TIP - please roll your foil up into the size of a tennis ball before popping in the recycling bin. 

Sweet wrappers – if your Easter egg comes with sweets, please pop the wrappers in your rubbish bin.

Eat Your Egg then  Recycle the Rest - Remeber cardboard packet, plastic moulding, foil wrapping can be put in your recycling bin

More information on what can and can't be put in your recycling bin here.

Get creative in the kitchen

Have you ever considered impressing your family or housemates with homemade Easter eggs? If you’ve got an egg mould sitting in the back of your kitchen cupboard, why not have a go at making your own Easter egg with your favourite flavour and design? pictures of chocolate

Or why not have a go at making some homemade Easter treats? Lots of recipes here for you to try!

Easter Cards

10 million cards are sent and received in the UK each Easter!

Why not have a go at making one out of recycled materials you have at home?         

Happy Easter

File Dividers

This Easter card was made using old file dividers that were no longer needed.

Or you could use social media to wish your friends a Happy Easter, saving time, money and the environment.

Or what about setting up a video call with your friends and family? Check out this list of the best chat apps. 

Easter gifts

If you wish to give a little Easter love to your nearest and dearest, why not try making something rather than buying new? Reusing what we have is a great way to reduce our waste footprint. There are some great ideas here.

Get #FoodSavvy this Easter! 

Shockingly in Suffolk, on average 500 tonnes of food will be wasted over the four day Easter weekend. This is the equivalent weight of over 1.4 million Easter eggs! The main reason food ends up in the bin is because we buy too much, cook too much or forget to store food correctly and often don’t think of getting creative with leftovers and the freezer. Wasting food is feeding climate change. So getting #FoodSavvy is good for the planet and your pocket. To find out more, head to www.foodsavvy.org.uk

If you are having a lamb or a nut roast over the holidays, turn the leftovers into a delicious bubble and squeak.  Leftover and slightly stale hot cross buns can be used in this crumble with an Easter twist! Got more eggs than you egg-spected then why not head to the kitchen and get baking? This simple tiffin recipe, makes a perfect rainy day activity that even the little ones will enjoy. 

Easter activities for the kids

Why not try these Easter activities? 

Easter activity sheet 1

Easter activity sheet 2 

Easter activity sheet answers

Bin Collections Over Easter