Egg-stra waste call for Easter bin collections

10 April 2017

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 of 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.