Indulging your sweet tooth this Easter long weekend? You’re not alone. Aussies rank highly when it comes to Easter egg consumption, with each Australian eating an average of 20 chocolate eggs over the Easter break. That’s a lot of chocolate. It also means finding a lot more of those colourful foil chocolate wrappers around the house.
Sadly, many Australians are unaware that aluminium foil can be recycled, so most chocolate wrappers end up in rubbish bins and landfill. This doesn’t need to happen – foil Easter egg wrappers are recyclable!
If you’ve always just thrown your Easter egg wrappers in the bin, it’s time to take a more environmentally conscious approach to the Easter holiday this year. You might still feel guilty about your chocolate consumption, but at least you can feel less guilty about your impact on the environment.
Here are some things you can do in your home, to help make this Easter more eco-friendly.
Recycle Your Easter Egg Wrappers
You might be wondering why it’s so important to recycle your Easter egg wrappers?
When you dispose of foil wrappers correctly, by placing them in a designated recycling bin, they can be diverted from landfill and used to make other products. By creating products from recycled materials, rather than new ones, we can avoid taking more raw materials from the Earth and using more energy and water. Recycling also helps reduce the emissions caused by waste, as well as the potential for further emissions.
There’s one important thing you need to do to make sure your Easter egg wrappers can be recycled. If the foil pieces are too small or light they could get lost in the recycling process. So first, you need to collect your wrappers and bunch them into a tight ball, about the size of your fist. Then simply throw the foil ball into your yellow-lidded recycling bin.
Want to get kids more interested in recycling? Tell them how their recycled Easter wrappers can be turned into soft drink cans, parts for a bike, a car or even a plane. Then show them how to make their chocolate foil wrappers into a ball for the recycle bin.
Dispose of Cardboard and Plastics Correctly
With the Easter celebration creating more of an increase in household waste products in general, it’s also important to also know how to dispose of extra cardboard packaging, plastic containers and soft drink and alcohol bottles.
Many cardboard and plastic containers that Easter eggs come in can be recycled, alongside the foil wrappers we’ve already mentioned. When it comes to packaging, here’s a good tip to remember: if the product holds its shape when crumpled, it’s generally able to be recycled.
This means that things like Easter egg boxes and soft drink cartons can go safely into your recycling bin. Unfortunately, soft plastics such as bread or hot cross bun packets can’t be placed in household recycling bins – however, you can take them to your local Coles drop-off point for soft plastic recycling.
Hopefully this has made you think twice about simply throwing out those Easter egg wrappers and boxes. Remember, you can reduce waste even further by choosing chocolates with less packaging to start with – and don’t forget to only buy Fairtrade!
Author: Kerrie-Anne Chinn
Freelance Copywriter & Editor, working with ethical companies to create positive change.