Hop to it this Easter and avoid waste, reduce, reuse and recycle.

 

Easter is a special time for celebrating with family and friends. With some thought you can reduce environmental impacts by reusing or recycling packaging and avoid wasting food.

 

Here are some tips to help you avoid waste and reduce, reuse and recycle during Easter.

 

Tip:1 Great balls of foil

Loose foil is too small to be captured at the recycling centre, so scrunch the foil wrapping into a large ball, say about the size of a tennis ball, and place in the recycling bin recycling bin.

 

Tip:2 Foil creations

Crafty people with patience can reuse foil: flatten and fold foil to create a chain of decorations.
 

Tip:3 Hot cross buns? Some egg-stra hot tips

Don’t put soft plastic in the recycling bin. The plastic wrapping on your hot cross buns can be taken to a Coles or other participating supermarket along with all your soft plastics for recycling. Clean cardboard trays can be placed in the recycling bin.

 

Tip:4 Wasted food is wasted money

To avoid wasting food and money, write a menu plan and a shopping list and stick to it to avoid over catering. Food scraps can be composted and in many councils placed in your green organics bin. See our green organics fact sheet (http://www.zerowaste.sa.gov.au/ upload/facts-sheets/recycleright¬factsheet.pdf) or ask your council for more information.
 

Tip:5 Recycling is not numbered

You don’t need to worry about the numbers on your recycling. This is just a code used to identify the type of material it’s made of. The only rule is ‘if it holds its shape when crumpled then it can be placed in the recycling bin’.
 

Tip:6 Reuse

Instead of buying a gift box, reuse an empty box or a strawberry or tomato punnet to package eggs. Moulded plastic Easter packaging can be used as a mould to make your own chocolates.
 

Tip:7 Recycle Bin

Cardboard packaging with clear plastic windows goes in to the recycling bin.
 

Tip:8 Garden Organics Bin

Use shredded paper instead of artificial grass if you are making Easter baskets. Shredded paper goes into the green organics bin (or can be placed inside a large envelope or box in your recycling bin). Decorated egg shells go into the green organics bin - unless you reuse these.
 

Tip:9 That’s a wrap – Happy Easter

Purchase Easter eggs with the least amount of packaging or buy your eggs in bulk to reduce packaging.

 

Download the full Easter fact sheet.

 

Unsure about which bin a specific waste item should go? Visit the Recycle Right Search Engine for information specific to your council or call 1300 137 118. You can also find tips on what to do with items that cannot be placed in your kerbside bins, such as oils, e-waste, light globes and household chemicals. Some of these services are free.