Easter recycling tips
No changes to bin collections over the Easter bank holiday weekend
There are no changes to any bin collections over the Easter bank holiday weekend. All collections will take place as normal.
For more information on your collection days, click here
If you're planning on enjoying some time in the garden over the long weekend, use your brown bin to recycle your garden waste. You can find out more about the collection service, and sign up online here
If the Easter Bunny is planning to hop into your home this Easter then there'll be plenty of packaging to contend with.
Sunderland City Council contract J&B Recycling to sort and process all the recycling we collect. Here's their top five steps to an eco Easter!
1. Foiled plan
The good news is that once you've eaten the chocolate eggs, the aluminium foil wrappers can be put into your household recycling. Just make sure it's clean before you put it in and not scrunched up so it's less than 45mm in diameter as this makes it difficult for machinery to sort.
2. Boxed off
It seems the packaging gets bigger each year - and the eggs smaller!
The good news is that cardboard boxes can be put straight into your household recycling. The plastic inserts - used to display and to protect the egg - can also be recycled, but please separate them from the box before you place them both into the recycling bin.
3. Flatten it
Remember to flatten boxes to create space in your recycling bin. And don't place other recycling items inside of boxes as they can get hidden and contaminate the cardboard recovered.
4. Fish Friday!
It's a Christian tradition to avoid meat and eat fish on Good Friday. But if you go for a chippy tea, the paper that's replaced traditional newspaper wrap can't be recycled. That's because it absorbs grease and odours, making it no good for recycling, so please put it in your green bin.
5. Get crafty
Easter crafts are a lovely way to spend time with little ones over the break. Why not save the brightly coloured foils and card for crafty projects? A quick internet search for inspiration is all you need to get cracking!