Have a waste free Easter

Residents in Malvern Hills District are being offered handy hints to help them crack down on their waste over the Easter period. Across the UK it is estimated more than 8,000 tonnes of waste is generated from Easter egg packaging and cards, while food waste also rises as families sit down for Easter Sunday lunch together.

Much of the waste generated can be recycled but residents are often confused about what should go in which bin. To help, Let's Waste Less Worcestershire has produced this egg-cellent guide to support people to reduce their waste and recycling this Easter:

  • Buy wisely - if opting for a chocolate egg, choose one with a minimal amount of packaging. Particularly look for ones that use no or minimal plastic or why not make your own? Search online for inspiration.
  • Recycle as much you can - cardboard packaging around eggs can be recycled in your green bin/cherry sack. Foil wrapping can be recycled at a Household Recycling Centre. Scrunch it up into a ball and store it somewhere until you have enough to warrant a visit or take it with you when you have to go for another reason.
  • Plastic egg shaped packaging - this can be recycled in your green bin/cherry sack.
  • Sweet wrappers - contained within eggs should go in your black bin/sack.
  • Send an e-card - save paper by sending an electronic greeting to friends and family. If you do opt for a traditional card ensure it does not have any glitter or bows on it as this means it cannot be recycled. After Easter ensure your cards make it into your green bin/cherry sack.
  • Food waste - the average household in Worcestershire with children throws away £700 of food every year. Some of this is due to simply cooking too much. Don't let Easter add to your total. A portion size checker, advice on food waste reduction and recipes for leftovers can all be found at the Love Food Hate Waste website.

Residents are also being reminded that bin collections will be carried out as normal over the Easter Bank Holiday period.

Phil Merrick, Head of Economy and Environment on Malvern Hills District Council, said: "We want people to enjoy Easter but to do so without generating unnecessary waste that harms the planet and comes with a considerable disposal cost to the council taxpayer. We wish everyone a happy and waste free Easter."

For more waste reduction information visit www.letswasteless.com
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