Egg-stra waste call for Easter bin collections

News release from 10 April 2017, 1:09pm

CHOCOLATE lovers are being reminded to think green and recycle extra plastic, cardboard and foil from eggs this Easter.

Easter is the biggest chocolate-selling period of the year after Christmas. Approximately 80 million chocolate eggs are sold in the UK, generating almost 5,000 tonnes of card, foil and plastic – all of which can be recycled by Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire residents in their blue bins.

Extra waste generated in the UK at Easter is equivalent to the weight of around 600 double decker buses, and the two councils are urging residents to make sure that they recycle as much as possible.

Local residents are also being reminded to check their bin collection dates for Easter and the start of May, as regular collection days will change due to bank holidays:

Usual collection dates

Revised collection dates

Friday 14 April (Good Friday)

Tuesday 18 April (4 days later)

Monday 17 – Thursday 20 April

Wednesday 19 – Saturday 22 April (2 days later)

Friday 21 April

Monday 24 April (3 days later)

Monday 24 – Friday 28 April

Tuesday 25 – Saturday 29 April (1 day later)

Monday 1 May – Friday 5 May

Tuesday 2 May – Saturday 6 May (1 day later)

Week commencing Monday 8 May

Return to normal pattern

Residents planning on a spring clean over the Easter or May bank holiday weekend are also encouraged to visit one of Cambridgeshire’s nine household recycling centres to re-use and recycle their unwanted junk. The centres are open over the Easter and bank holiday weekends. Find out more at

Bin collection dates, including changes to Easter and May bank holiday collections, can be found by visiting, and in council magazines or bin calendars delivered to homes in February and March.