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Think Easter, and you probably think of eggs - chocolate ones.

Packaging for Easter eggs has improved in recent years but our passion of chocolate means there is still plenty of waste created as we enjoy a sweet treat. Most Easter egg packaging is recyclable, but be sure to check when buying.

  • Foil: scrunch it up into a golf-ball sized ball before recycling.
  • Plastic: Most plastic containers can be recycled in your household recycling. ‘Soft’ plastic bags and wrap can be taken to most supermarkets for recycling.  
  • Cardboard: remember to recycle cardboard boxes and packets, and flatten them to save space.
  • Greetings cards: if they’re free from glitter and other bits, they can be recycled. When buying cards look for ones that can be recycled.

Discover what else you can recycle on our Recycle Right page.

Collection days and times may change over Easter, so make sure you know when to put your bins out.

Check what you can recycle locally. Find out which items your local council accept at the kerbside, or take items to your local recycling centre.



Four steps to save


Many of us will be enjoying meals with families over the break. By thinking about how much food we buy and how we use it, it’s possible to save around £60 a month by reducing the amount of edible food we throw away. Follow our Four Steps to Save and sign up for tips and tricks via email with a chance to enter our prize draw to win a meal out for four. 


Bake and Create

Recycle Devon has plenty of great crafty ideas and bakes for a home made Easter.

Below are some ideas for alternative Easter gifts, activities and crafts.

Don’t make a meal of your Easter Feast. Check what food is already in your cupboards, write a shopping list and only buy what you need. Planning your portion sizes to reduce then amount of wasted food, and to save you money.

Turning your leftovers into separate meals will save on waste and save you money on your food bill. Love Food Hate Waste has recipes to help you turn your leftovers into fabulous midweek meals

Recycle your food waste.

Make traditional hand-painted Easter eggs:

1. Make a hole at the top and bottom of a large egg

2. Carefully blow out the contents (capture it in a bowl and scramble it for dinner?)

3. Allow the eggshell to dry

4. Gently decorate it with brightly coloured paints or felt-tips

5. Add some googly eyes, decorative gems or whatever you can ‘lay’ your hands on.

Alternatively, you can hard boil the eggs. To save time painting them, add some food colouring to the water. Add the extra decorations when they have cooled down, then eat – or try an egg and spoon race.

Make your own chocolate eggs. To reduce packaging, you can make chocolate eggs at home using a mould.

Create a super easy chocolate slab. Melt chocolate and pour it into a flexible container. Sprinkle on decorations like nuts, choc chips or mini eggs. Once solid, tip it out and enjoy. This is great for using up any leftover chocolate too.

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