Rhowch fywyd newydd i ddeunyddiau ailgylchadwy dros y Pasg.
Though I’m not religious, I still love to get involved with some at-home Easter festivities in my own way; it’s a great excuse to simply celebrate new beginnings and the start of Spring.
At the end of a long winter, it’s an opportunity to celebrate nature coming back to life; welcome the longer days and warmer weather, fill the house with spring flowers, and start cooking with some new-season fruit and veg.
And as part of a recent collaboration with Wales Recycles on their BeMightyRecycle / Bydd Wych, Ailgylcha campaign, I also wanted to share some tips to make this year more eco-friendly, by making sure your Easter recyclables go on to new beginnings, too.
1. Give your food scraps a second life as renewable energy
Recycling food waste helps to directly tackle climate change; most councils in Wales send their food waste to a special processing plant where it’s turned into renewable energy. You can find out more about this process in this blog post.
Just one caddy full of inedible food waste (such as your veg peelings and/or bones from an Easter Sunday roast, egg shells etc) could generate enough electricity to power a typical home in Wales for one hour. Make sure it goes into the right bin!
Help your Easter Egg foils to live forever
Clean foil – the type that typically wraps Chocolate Easter Eggs to keep them tasting fresh – can be recycled again and again. Keeping your Easter Egg foils (and other foils) and disposing of them properly means they could go on to be recycled infinitely.
What’s more, it uses 95% less energy to create an item out of recycled metal than raw materials, and metal can be recycled again and again without losing its quality.
Make your Easter Cards go twice as far
Wales is the world’s third best recycling nation, and we’re first in the UK by a long way. In fact, 86% of people in Wales already recycle their cardboard.
If you’re sending Easter cards this year, be sure to look for ones that are made from 100% recycled card and paper to avoid using up virgin materials – or, try making your own cards from second-hand materials at home.
If you’re lucky enough to receive a few cards from friends and family, keeping them safe and dry means that they can go on to be recycled successfully.
For more information on recycling successfully this Easter, visit: https://walesrecycles.org.uk/be-mighty-recycle
You can also share your own ideas for Easter recycling by using #WalesRecycles / Rhannwch eich syniadau am y Pasg trwy ddefnyddio #ByddWychAilgylcha.