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Chocolate fans are reminded to try to recycle and reduce their egg packaging over Easter

Easter eggs

LEICESTERSHIRE County Council and Leicester City Council are encouraging residents to recycle all the extra cardboard, plastic or foil which usually builds up over the bank holiday.

The two councils have joined forces to share some tips for recycling right.

From the cardboard box to the foil, almost all Easter egg packaging can be recycled.

People can scrunch together their foil, and any additional cardboard and plastic moulds can be recycled in their kerbside bin or bag.

Decorating biscuits with your family or making a cake with your surplus chocolate can be a great way to reduce your household food waste.

Councillor Blake Pain, Leicestershire County Council’s cabinet member for the environment and the green agenda, said: “You can help look after the planet by choosing Easter treats that aren’t heavily packaged and make a conscious choice to dispose of any unavoidable waste correctly.

“This will help make Leicestershire a cleaner, greener place to live and work.”

Deputy city mayor Cllr Adam Clarke, who leads on environment and transportation, said: “Reducing and recycling our household waste are two simple steps we should all take to help the environment and do our bit to tackle the climate emergency.

“I’m really pleased that we have been able to work with Biffa to avoid any changes to waste collection days in Leicester over the Easter holiday and help keep things as simple as possible for people.”

For a full list of items that can be recycled in your local area visit: (Leicester City) or (Leicestershire County)

Waste and recycling collections within Leicester City will continue as normal over Easter, including the bank holidays.

If you live in Leicestershire County, you can find out who to contact about a bin collection.

For more ideas to reduce your waste this Easter visit the Easter page on the Less Waste website