Have an Egg-cellent Waste Free 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 with friends but that 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 packaging without egg-cessive waste!

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

And remember you can recycle the...

Cardboard, moulded plastic packaging (including black plastic) and foil in your recycling bin at home

Why not make your own easter eggs?

Ever thought about investing in some chocolate moulds so you can make your own Easter eggs? You can have fun and reduce waste at the same time.  Find out how to do this and where to get an egg mould.

Easter Cards

10 million cards are sent and received in the UK each Easter! Most of these cards end up in the bin (hopefully the recycling bin!). 

Why not send an email or an e-card instead? There are plenty of free e-cards available at 123greetings.com.  Or you could use social media to wish your friends a Happy Easter, saving time, money and the environment.

Zero Waste

Why not eggsplore a local event for Easter? Investing in experiences rather than products. See suffolktouristguide to see what's happening near you.

Food Savvy and Love Food Hate Waste have some great ideas on how to reduce food waste. Have you got the family coming around for Easter lunch? Use the easy portion calculator to make sure you cook the right amount and have a look at the hints and tips to see how you can make the most out of the food you buy.

Spring Cleaning

If you're taking advantage of the bank holiday to have a spring clean, use our trusty A-Z to find out the best way to recycle your unwanted items.  Find out where your nearest  Suffolk Recycling Centre is and when it is open.  Remember that the Recycling Centres get very busy at bank holiday weekends so there may be times when you have to wait.  Pre-sorting your waste before you go can make things easier. (Note - From Sunday 1st April the summer opening times for the Recycling Centres start - 9am to 5pm every day, except Wednesday when they are closed).

Or you could help clean up your local community this Easter and get involved in community/ group litter pick. To find what events are going on near you and how to get involved click here.

Bin Collections Over Easter

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