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Hop to a greener Easter in West Sussex

Posted on 27 March 2015

Easter is just around the corner and the shops are filled with chocolate.

Over 80 million Easter eggs will be eaten in the UK and that means hundreds of tonnes of extra waste will be generated in West Sussex alone, but thanks to the start of our new plastic recycling service most of it can be recycled!

Easter is just around the corner and the shops are filled with chocolate.

Over 80 million Easter eggs will be eaten in the UK and that means hundreds of tonnes of extra waste will be generated in West Sussex alone, but thanks to the start of our new plastic recycling service most of it can be recycled!

From Wednesday 1 April, all household plastic containers, such as pots, tubs and trays, can be recycled and that includes your Easter egg containers.

Those plastic moulds that hold your Easter chocolates – they can all be put in your recycling bin, whether they are shaped like bunnies, eggs or chicks.

Don’t forget you can also recycle the cardboard boxes and the foil wrappers, so you can be assured nothing else will go to waste.

David Barling, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Residents’ Services, said: “Easter is a fun family time, but with so much waste from Easter eggs we must remember to recycle the packaging.

“Last year, in the month that following Easter you recycled 120 tonnes more paper and card than the previous month.

“That’s brilliant. Thank you to all of you who did your bit, but I believe you could do even better this year, especially now that you can recycle the plastic casings too.

“So once the once the chocolate has been eaten; flatten the cardboard, roll the foil up into balls, collect the plastic containers and pop it all – making sure it’s clean, dry and loose – into your recycling bin.”

While most plastic containers can now be recycled, plastic film and plastic bags that hold individually wrapped eggs can’t be recycled.

To find out more about recycling plastics in West Sussex, please visit www.recycleforwestsussex.org/plastics