Please don’t forget to recycle during the Easter break!
Release date: 22 March 2018
With Easter fast approaching, Cotswold District Council is urging residents to reduce waste and avoid buying chocolate eggs which have non-recyclable packaging.
Last year Britons spent £325m on about 80 million Easter eggs, and sales of these chocolate treats are set to climb even higher this time around. The national Waste and Resources Action Programme estimates that 3,000 tonnes of packaging from Easter eggs was discarded in rubbish bins last year – even though many confectioners now only use cardboard and foil packaging which is very easy to recycle locally
Cllr Sue Coakley, CDC Cabinet Member for the Environment and also Chair of Gloucestershire’s Joint Waste Committee, is eager to drive up recycling figures at Easter:
“It is now very easy for consumers to choose Easter eggs with fully recyclable packaging, so we are asking residents to think before they buy. Aluminium foil can be recycled again and again, without loss of quality, and can be taken to a number of recycling sites across the District. Cardboard outer packaging can be recycled using the blue kerbside bag, which is collected fortnightly from the kerbside
“Easter is a clearly a time of celebration, but we would also urge everyone to think about what small steps they can take to help reduce the extra waste which is created at this time of year, especially during family gatherings.”
While the foil used to protect Easter eggs is easy to recognise, some foil packaging is harder to identify. One way to find out if an item is foil or metallised plastic film, is to do the ‘scrunch test.’ Simply scrunch the item in your hand – if it remains scrunched it is foil and can be recycled; if it springs back it is probably metallised plastic film and not recyclable. Common items mistaken for foil include cat food pouches and most crisp packets and therefore should not be placed in the foil recycling banks.
Residents with aluminium foil to recycle can take it to the Household Recycling Centre at Fosse Cross or one of the recycling banks in the District– just go to https://www.recyclenow.com/local-recycling and insert your postcode to find the nearest one that accepts foil.
During Easter, residents are reminded that there will be no change to the waste and recycling collection schedules in the Cotswolds. The crews will continue to collect at the kerbside on Good Friday and Easter Monday as usual.
The Joint Waste Partnership provides waste and recycling services on behalf of Cheltenham Borough Council, Cotswold District Council, Forest of Dean District Council, Tewkesbury Borough Council and Gloucestershire County Council.