All you need to know about your recycling and waste collection this Easter

If your kerbside recycling and waste collection falls on Good Friday, Friday 15 April, then Veolia, our recycling and waste partner, will collect this the following day, Saturday 16 April. Communal bin stores will be collected as per their usual schedule on Friday 15 April and Monday 18 April. There will not be any other changes to the collection schedules.

Chocolate in the shapes of rabbits and eggs with flowers

Did you know that the UK eats around 80 million Easter eggs every year, generating approximately 4,500 tons of packaging? A study by Which? revealed that the packaging alone accounts for up to a quarter of the total weight of the most popular Easter eggs on sale on the High Street so it's important to pick sustainably and recycle wherever possible.

To help prevent a rise in unnecessary waste, Veolia is asking Southend residents to reduce and recycle their Easter egg packaging this Easter. Many retail giants are taking big steps to make more sustainable Easter egg packaging that can easily be recycled. Veolia has provided some top tips to help residents recycle their Easter packaging correctly:

  • Cardboard - This goes in your blue box for paper and card. Remember to flatten the cardboard down to create more space in the box.
  • Foil - This goes in your pink recycling sacks. Remember to scrunch up all the small pieces of foil, otherwise, they can fall through recycling systems.
  • Plastic - If your Easter treat does contain plastic packaging remove this and put it in your pink recycling sacks.
  • Flowers - If they’re starting to wilt, give them a second life by adding them to your home compost bin or garden waste bin.
  • Easter cards - Make sure they are not decorated with glitter, so they can be recycled.
  • Shredded paper can go in your blue box for paper and card (place under other paper and card so it doesn’t blow out of your box).

Stuart Atkinson, Senior Contract Manager, Veolia said: “Residents who would normally have their recycling and waste collected on Friday 15 April will have their waste collected on Saturday 16 April instead. To ensure collections go as smoothly as possible, please present your recycling and waste before 7am on Saturday and remember to place the right thing in the right bin. If you are unsure about an item, visit the A to Z directory of recycling on the Southend-on-Sea City Council website. The Veolia crews wish you a Happy Easter and thank you for recycling!”

In Southend, cardboard, cans, tins, aerosols, plastic bottles, yoghurt pots, margarine tubs and paper are collected weekly by the Veolia crews. The content of the blue box for paper and card is being taken directly to a paper mill in Kent and the content of the pink recycling sacks is taken to be sorted at the Materials Recovery Facility in Southwark, London before being baled and sent to reprocessors to become new items.

Published: 12th April 2022

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