Egg waste: The season of plastic and cardboard

by Michael Addison in Informative Articles | posted:


Tomorrow starts the 2 day Easter bank holiday for UK workers. Every year the eggs seemingly get bigger and so does the packaging. Yet, all that packaging has to go somewhere.

With all this frivolity; how much waste grows during the holiday?


How much waste do easter eggs make?

Previous research carried out by governmental body WRAP found 3,000 tonnes of chocolate egg packaging is generated each year in the UK. The point comes through each year, with news sources reporting on the worst offenders of packaging. The worst being Thorntons.


The initiative carried out by Which has made many confectionary suppliers cut down on waste, compared to 2012, Thornton’s has cut waste down by 2.2%. Cadburys has come up top with 18.8 % of the total weight being packaging. The packaging is almost entirely in cardboard meaning that most of it apart from the chocolate wrapping, is recyclable. Most eggs you will find this Easter are recyclable apart from the plastic and foil wrapping.


How to deal with excess Easter waste

Any business can build up waste in a small amount of time. Lunches, employees bringing in cake sales, the illustrious easter egg wrapping all ending up in the bin. But, how do you handle the insurmountable task of finding the right supplier to care for and dispose of this waste?


Eggcellent question.


Curtailing the dreaded smell of lingering waste happens to have an easy solution. Organise a regular collection. A simple one-off collection will only put a bandage on the problem. We take proper diligence when it comes to waste collection. As it happens, Direct365 continues to be a celebrated waste provider for thousands of small businesses within the UK.


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