Should we be Recycling our Easter Egg Packaging?

It has been revealed that around a quarter of the total weight of an Easter egg is taken up by its packaging alone. Last year, consumer rights expert Which? investigated the top 10 bestselling brands to find out which were the biggest culprits for unnecessary packaging waste.

The report revealed that Thornton’s Classic Large Egg packaging made up 36.4% of the total weight earning the product the number 1 spot for the most packaging used, whereas Cadbury Twirl Large Easter Egg resulted in the least packaging used at 18.8% of the total weight.

Over a decade ago, Mars, Nestle and Cadbury’s reduced the size and weight of their packaging by at least 25% after Easter eggs made headlines outlining the vast amount of additional waste they produced in tips and landfill sites during the Easter festivities. Fast forward to today and efforts are still being made to make packaging more eco-friendly, meaning the majority of packaging can now be recycled correctly.

There are only two sections of the packaging that typically can’t be recycled; the plastic window at the front of the box and any wrappers covering the chocolate itself (not including foil). Both of these parts still need to go in your general waste bin. However, the cardboard outer (minus the window) is usually 100% recyclable along with any additional plastic parts that protect the egg inside, as well as the foil casing. In most cases, all you need to do is scrunch the foil into a ball and pop it into the recycling bin. Ultimately, if you’ve separated the materials such as cardboard, plastic and foil into the correct waste bins, you will have done your bit to reduce Easter egg waste by recycling nearly all the packaging!

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