Top Tips For Easter Mean Spring Recycling Is Sorted

14th April, 2011
Love Easter, hate waste campaign offers seasonal advice for Devon residents

As Easter draws nearer, chocolate eggs in all shapes and sizes hit the shelves and people start to plan their Spring DIY projects, Devon?s Love Easter, hate waste campaign is offering some top tips on how people can go that ?egg-stra? mile with their recycling.

An astounding 80 million chocolate eggs will be sold in the UK this Easter while traditionally, around a third of all property owners will plan improvements to their homes. As a result Love Easter, hate waste has put together a range of easy to follow ideas for chocolate lovers and DIY enthusiasts alike - all of which will help to tackle the many thousands of tonnes of packaging and home improvement waste that will be generated over the next few weeks.

?Easter is a great time for indulging and celebrating with friends and family, but it often comes at a cost to our pockets and the environment,? explains Councillor Roger Croad, Devon County Council?s Cabinet Member for Environmental and Regulatory Services. ?What the ?Don?t let Devon go to waste? campaign has achieved so far is excellent but there?s still much more for us to do. Hopefully our Easter-themed advice will go some way towards this and will give people plenty of ?food for thought? about how they can help to cut down on some of the 300,000 tonnes of rubbish that we throw away in Devon each year.?

Some of the helpful advice offered by Love Easter, hate waste includes:

Food Waste
  • More chocolate, less plastic: choose Easter eggs with less packaging or packaging that has been made from recycled materials. Mars UK, Nestle UK, Cadbury UK, Marks and Spencer and Sainsbury?s are amongst a number of confectionary brands and retailers who are making efforts to reduce the amount of plastic they use in their Easter egg packaging and increase the amount of recycled cardboard they use this year.
  • Plan in advance: resist the temptation to over-buy and save yourself some cash by planning your meals before you go shopping.
  • Buy local: support your local businesses and reduce your carbon emissions in one easy step!
  • Keep it fresh: cut back on the amount of packaging you buy and purchase loose fruit and veg rather than pre-packed options and try and ensure you store things carefully so your produce stays fresher for longer.
  • Be creative: Why not dare to be different and give an alternative to Easter eggs as a gift this year? Or get creative in the kitchen and visit for some great recipe ideas for your Easter leftovers.
  • Recycle, recycle, recycle: remember to recycle the packaging from your Easter eggs. If you?re entertaining over the holiday period don?t forget to recycle your glass bottles, jars, tins, cans, plastics, paper and card too.

Spring clean your clothes closet
  • If you?re looking at your summer wardrobe and deciding you need a new look there are plenty of amazing clothes available at your local charity shop and they will be more than happy to accept the ones that you don?t want.  Alternatively get some friends together and hold your own ?swishing? party.  Swishing is best described as a clothes swapping party for women. All ladies must bring at least one item of clothing to swap, and in return can choose anything they want!

DIY Waste
  • Use your recycling centre: Devon?s recycling centres will accept a huge range of bulky household waste including spray paint canisters, cardboard boxes, domestic appliances such as fridges, freezers and washing machines, garden waste, furniture, empty metal paint tins, non-working power tools,  wood, textiles such as clothing and curtains.  For soil, rubble, bricks, ceramic sanitary ware, plasterboard? and asbestos?, charges will apply1. In addition to the many items listed above, some larger centres will accept flat glass and windows and doors that are in good condition for recycling.
  • Kerbside collections: items such as cardboard and empty aerosol canisters are also accepted by most local authority kerbside collections.
  • Advertise: building materials and second-hand furniture are always in demand so why not advertise in local papers or on community notice boards?
  • Get back to nature: composting is nature?s way of recycling. If you?ve been working on your garden and have some green waste why not give it a go and purchase a reduced price compost bin from your local council? If you have too much garden waste to compost at home, your local authority may even collect it from you so they can compost it themselves for use on parks, gardens and land restoration projects or for bio gas which is converted into electricity.
  • Check it before you chuck it: if you?re unsure about anything use the website or call 0845 250 2477 to find out what can be reused or recycled in your area.