Veolia (Nottinghamshire County Council’s waste and recycling partner) is asking everyone to be bin smart at Easter.
As a nation of chocolate lovers and DIY enthusiasts, Easter can be a busy time for your bins with more than double the usual amount of waste being generated over the bank holiday weekend.
Around 80 million boxed chocolate eggs are sold in the UK each year which generates around 4,500 tons of packaging.
A study by Which? revealed that packaging alone accounts for up to a quarter of the total weight of the most popular Easter eggs on sale on the High Street, so this year try to pick your Easter egg with recycling in mind.
Manufacturers have taken notice of consumers and reduced the amount of packaging in their products with many ditching single-use plastics and opting for materials that can be widely recycled.
Councillor Neil Clarke MBE, Chairman of the Transport and Environment Committee at Nottinghamshire County Council said:
“Chocolate egg manufacturers have listened to public concerns and have made significant improvements by reducing the amount of single-use plastic packaging for Easter eggs.
“Nottinghamshire residents can help the environment further by recycling any cardboard packaging after they have enjoyed their chocolate eggs, but we need to remember that the foil and plastic packaging from Easter eggs can’t be recycled, so this needs to go in the general waste bin.”
Easter weekend isn’t only about celebrating – we know many of you will be hard at work with home or garden improvements.
As one of the busiest times of the year for our recycling centres, please plan your visit. All our sites are now open from 8am until 8pm every day of the week (until September) and so there’s plenty of opportunity to remove your unwanted items.
Lea Hawkes, General Manager for Veolia Nottinghamshire said:
“The four day Easter weekend is traditionally one of the busiest times at our recycling centres as DIY enthusiasts set to work on home improvements. Sites can be particularly busy if the weather is good.
“To avoid waiting longer than necessary we ask that you plan your visit for a less busy time – we’re now open every day until 8pm and the hours just before closing tend to be quieter.”
Top tips to remember when visiting your local Recycling Centre:
- Recycling centres can be busy at weekends and over the bank holidays, please try to avoid these peak times wherever possible.
- Try to visit when the sites are quieter such as Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday and during the evening.
- If you arrive at a site and there is a queue please return at a quieter time.
- Only waste from your own home in Nottinghamshire can be accepted and you need to be registered. Register for free at www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/waste-and-recycling/recycling-centres/using-our-recycling-centres/register
- You’ll save time on site if your waste is sorted before visiting.
- Following the easing of Coronavirus restrictions, you’re welcome to visit recycling centres with another adult if you need help to unload your waste and recycling
- Although you’re no longer required to wear a face-covering or follow social distancing please continue to do so if you feel more comfortable
- If you need any assistance, please ask a member of staff.