Easter is a time for egg-cessive packaging with over 80 million Easter eggs sold in the UK every year containing up to one third of their weight in packaging. This generates approximately 3,000 tonnes of waste but the good news is that most of this packaging can be recycled.

Just follow our handy hints below.

Hints and tips for recycling this Easter

Plastic packaging

Most of the plastic packaging on Easter eggs is recyclable. Plastic moulds used for Easter eggs are made from the same type of plastic as plastic bottles and can be recycled, as long as they are clean.

If the plastic is not rigid plastic and the type you would find wrapped around a chocolate bar it will have to go in the general waste bin. Plastic sweet wrappers, plastic cellophane and plastic bags also need to go in the general waste bin and cannot be recycled.


Recycle the cardboard boxes your chocolate Easter eggs come in – please remember to flatten them before putting them in your blue lidded recycling bin to give you more space for other recyclables.


Aluminium foil which is wrapped around many Easter eggs can be recycled in your blue lidded bin. Did you know that more than 500 million foil wrapped fondant-filled eggs, including the famous Cadbury creme eggs, are produced a year?

Easter Cards

Once you have finished displaying Easter cards don’t forget to pop them in your recycling bin. Remove any extra ribbons, bows or other decorative items from packaging that may not be recyclable.

Clean, dry and loose

Please ensure all packaging is dry, loose and free from any leftover chocolate or food waste as it will contaminate the recyclable materials and it may not get recycled.

Household Waste Site Easter Opening Times

The district Household Waste and Recycling Centres in Burgess Hill and East Grinstead will be open as normal during the Easter weekend for anyone wishing to get rid of their excess packaging.

Further Questions?

Please visit the following pages for more information on:

Kerbside Recycling

For more information visit our household recycling page.

General Recycling

Find information on household waste sites: A-Z recycling guidance.

Find out what you can recycle in your local area and your nearest recycling locations in Mid Sussex.

Last updated: 12 April 2019