SWP wishes everyone a happy, waste-free Easter Emma-Sophie Gerrish April 9, 2019April 11, 2019 Latest News Every household in Somerset will have Easter waste day changes, with pick-ups due on Good Friday 19 April taking place on Saturday 20 April. No collections on Easter Monday 22 April mean all that week’s kerbside services are one day later, including Friday pick-ups on Saturday 27 April. To download our Easter, May and August revised collection flyer, click here. All recycling sites remain on their new summer schedules, which commenced on 1 April, with ten sites open on Good Friday 19 April. Open sites are Bridgwater, Chard, Frome, Highbridge, Minehead, Somerton, Taunton, Wellington, Wells and Yeovil open from 9am to 6pm. All 16 sites are open 9am to 4pm on both Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday. Please note that following the new summer schedule, not all recycling sites operate on a Monday. The twelve scheduled sites be open on Easter Monday 9am to 6pm are Bridgwater, Castle Cary, Chard, Cheddar, Crewkerne*, Frome, Minehead, Street, Taunton, Wells, Williton and Yeovil. (*Community recycling site with £2, cash entry). Cutting down your Easter waste As with many seasonal celebrations, Easter can be a time of excess waste, so here are some handy tips to reduce your festive waste: When shopping for your Easter eggs, consider whether the packaging can be recycled. Cardboard and metal foil can be easily recycled via kerbside collections. “Top tip” – remember to scrunch the foil to check it is metal. Plasticised foil will spring back and cannot be recycled, but if it stays in squashed in a ball, pop it in your black kerbside recycling box. “Top tip” – the internal plastic “hummocks” and cases which protect your chocolate treat can be taken to any recycling site and be added to the plastic pots, tubs and trays container. Try to nest your plastic containers before recycling to reduce the amount of space they take up in the bank. Unfortunately any plastic films or plastic windows cannot be recycled and should be put in your refuse bin. Rather than buying chocolate eggs, you could try your hand at making your own, a great idea if want to tailor the flavours and treats to your recipient’s own taste. There are many internet recipes available including this from the BBC. While there is an initial outlay in buying the moulds, these can last many years or otherwise you may be able to borrow these from a friend – (or lend these out to others if you have them). Alternatively, you can decorate “blown” or whole eggs, and if you use food-based colouring rather than acrylic paints you can pop the shells in your home compost bin when you are done with them. Visit the National Trust’s website to see their guide to naturally dying Easter Eggs. If after Easter you find you have too many Easter eggs, Love Food Hate Waste has a leftover recipe – https://www.lovefoodhatewaste.com/recipe/leftover-chocolate-fridge-cake If sending Easter cards, avoid those with ribbons, glitter or other embellishments and recycle the greeting cards with your cereal boxes and other household packaging. If you are a gift-giver at Easter, keep an eye on how much packaging your item comes in and consider whether you can source packaging free items or purchase gifts with environmentally friendly packaging such as shredded paper rather than polystyrene. You could also select pre-loved items from a charity shops or even become creative and make your own. As with Christmas, Easter brings families and friends together and unexpected changes can lead to food waste. To keep an eye of quantities needed, Love Food Hate Waste’s portion planner is of great help and they have many tasty recipes made from everyday leftovers. When shopping for Easter, remember to check your cupboards, fridges and freezers when making your list so you know exactly what you need to buy. Finally, do remember to keep an eye on revised collections and service changes by signing up to our e-newsletter from our home page (green sign-up box), or by visiting our Facebook page or Twitter feed.