Easter Eggs

Bromsgrove District residents are being offered handy hints to help them crack down on their waste over the busy Easter period, when bin collections will be unchanged from their usual schedules despite the bank holidays.

An eggs-traordinary 8,000 tonnes of waste is generated from Easter egg packaging and cards nationwide, while food waste also rises as families sit down for Easter Sunday lunch together.

Here’s an egg-cellent guide to reduce waste and improve recycling this Easter, including what should go in which bin, from Let’s Waste Less Worcestershire:

Buy wisely. Choose eggs with minimal packaging, particularly those that use less plastic, or even make your own from one of the many craft recipes available online.

It’s almost all recyclable. Egg-shaped plastic packaging and cardboard can be recycled in your green bin, and foil wrapping can be recycled at a Household Recycling Centre – try saving up your bits of foil for the next time you make a tip run.

Plastic wrappers aren’t. Such as on sweets inside eggs. These should go in your black bin.

E-cards save paper. Electronic greetings reduce waste, and if you are buying or making cards, watch out especially for cards with glitter or fabric bows on them. These must end up in your black bin, as they cannot be recycled.

Watch out for food waste. The average Worcestershire household with children throws away £700 of food a 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 www.lovefoodhatewaste.com.

Guy Revans, Head of Environmental Services for Bromsgrove District Council said: “Our bins often bulge at Easter time, so we hope these tips from Let’s Waste Less can help people who want to reduce their waste and recycle as much as possible. After all, it reduces the impact on our environment and saves us all money too.”

Richard Woodward, from Let’s Waste Less Worcestershire, added: "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.

Council bin collections in the district, including waste, recycling, garden waste, business waste and septic tank and cesspool emptying, are running as normal over Easter.