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LGA URGES RESIDENTS TO RECYCLE EASTER RUBBISH

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Council leaders are urging people in England to have a green Easter by recycling the rubbish they produce this week...
Council leaders are urging people in England to have a green Easter by recycling the rubbish they produce this weekend.

More than 8,000 tonnes of waste will be generated just from Easter egg packaging and cards alone.

Approximately 80 million chocolate eggs are sold in the UK at Easter which generates around 4,370 tonnes of card and 160 tonnes of foil waste. And approximately 16 million cards are sent and received.

Easter is often also the time when people's thoughts turn to getting out into the garden. The UK's second largest DIY store reports an increase of 80 per cent in customer numbers over the bank holiday, with gardening equipment being among the top items sold. Many councils now offer garden waste recycling services.

Councils' top tips for a green Easter include:

- Recycle the packaging your Easter eggs come in, check if your council recycles clean foil and cardboard.

- Think about recycling any Easter cards

- Gardening waste collected by local authorities can be made into compost and then spread as chippings.

- Once you have finished your Easter lunch think about recycling the glass, bottles, jars and tins.

Cllr David Sparks, chair of the Local Government Association environment board, said: 'Chocolate Easter eggs come with a huge amount of packaging that people really must recycle. Councils are working hard to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill and ultimately would like to see Easter eggs with less packaging so less waste is produced in the first place.

'Of course the bank holiday is not just about chocolate. We also send and receive sixteen million cards which can all be recycled at council bring sites.

'Many local authorities now also provide garden waste recycling facilities so after a rewarding day in the garden people should opt for this green way of disposing of their mower cuttings and weeds.'

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