Recycle your eggstra waste at Easter 

Easter eggs


Bolton Council is encouraging residents to recycle their waste over Easter.


Approximately 80 million chocolate eggs are sold in the UK at Easter which generates more than 8,000 tonnes of waste from Easter egg packaging, whilst around 10 million cards are sent and received. Both cardboard packaging and cards can be recycled in the beige bin.


It’s not just paper and card you can recycle this Easter but lots of other materials too, such as foil from Easter eggs, plastic bottles, food and drink cans and glass bottles and jars, all of which can go in the burgundy bin.

To help residents reduce, re-use and recycle this Easter, Bolton Council has come up with some handy hints and tips.

Tips to help to you reduce waste this Easter include:

·         Avoid Easter eggs which are over-packaged with lots of different materials.

·         Ask yourself if the packaging on your Easter eggs can be re-used or recycled. Remember we can’t recycle plastic packaging.  

·         If you are buying flowers, recycle them in your green bin or food waste container.

·         Once you have finished your Easter lunch, remember to reuse any leftover food. For hints and tips visit or recycle your food waste in your green bin or food waste container.

If you are not already recycling and would like to order your free recycling containers visit, email or call 01204 336632.

Residents are reminded that recycling and waste collections operate as normal over the Easter Bank Holidays. Please put your bins at the edge of your property by 7.30am on your collection day and ensure we have access by parking vehicles responsibly.


Councillor Nick Peel, Executive Cabinet Member for Environmental Services at Bolton Council said: “We generate tonnes of waste at Easter from Easter eggs and cards, so we’d like to encourage residents to go the ‘eggstra’ mile and recycle their cardboard, foil and flowers. This will help save council taxpayers money and also save the environment.”

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