Can you recycle plastic Easter eggs? How to dispose of them responsibly

Easter traditions include eating bunny-shaped chocolates, dyeing Easter eggs the colors of the rainbow and, of course, egg hunting. While these festivities are fun for the whole family, it’s no secret that this holiday can come with increased waste, especially thanks to plastic Easter eggs filled with treats.

Since store-bought Easter eggs are plastic, many people think they can be recycled with other types of plastic recycling. However, this is not the case: plastic Easter eggs cannot be recycled. So if we can’t recycle them, what are we supposed to do with them? And is it more eco-friendly for us to dye real eggs instead?

You have questions, and we have answers. Here’s everything you need to know about Easter eggs and what to do with them when the holidays are over.

Can you recycle plastic Easter eggs?

You will need to check with your local recycling center to see if you can send these plastic eggs in with the rest of your household recycling. However, most facilities do not accept plastic Easter eggs. Instead, they advise throwing them in the regular trash.

According to Lincoln California Recycling and Garbageplastic Easter eggs cannot be recycled, and some may contain lead paint and bisphenol A, or BPA, a harmful chemical known to negative impact on human health.

Additionally, plastic Easter eggs are small, which means they could hamper the sorting process at recycling facilities. They can get stuck in machinery or be completely filtered out. So even if you put plastic eggs in your bin hoping for the best, they won’t be recycled the way you think.

If you’re about to throw away your plastic, be sure to check the packaging for a recycling symbol or number label that tells you exactly what type of plastic it is and how it can be disposed of. And when in doubt, throw it out. But to avoid this unnecessary waste, try using real eggs instead or reusing the plastic eggs you already have.

Is dyeing real eggs eco-friendly?

Easter eggs on brown nest

Coloring real eggs is a more sustainable alternative to plastic options. When you use real hard-boiled eggs, you can eat the insides! However, it’s important to note that the egg industry still has ethical and environmental downsides, and we have yet to find vegan hard-boiled eggs.

You can also compost eggshells, food coloring and all. Easter egg coloring can actually be zero waste, and now we have an even more eco-friendly option to try.

In the Brightly store, you will find a plastic-free egg coloring and weed growing kit. As the name suggests, this kit does not include plastic. Instead, it includes organic materials. Specifically, the dyes in this eco-friendly kit are made from all-natural, organic fruit and vegetable extracts!

But wait: there’s more. This kit also includes grass seeds, an instruction set, and coconut shell soil, so you and your kids can display your colored eggs on a patch of homegrown green grass.

And again, eggshells can be composted in your compost bin at home. Choosing a plastic-free, zero-waste option will help you and your family reduce your carbon footprint this Easter. But if you still have those plastic eggs lying around, here’s what to do with them instead.

What to do with plastic Easter eggs

can you recycle plastic easter eggs

1. Reuse plastic eggs

If you already have a pack of these rainbow-colored plastic eggs, save them for next year! Chances are you’ll hide them around the house for years. Might as well keep them for reuse. This way you won’t have to buy a new pack in a year and you won’t send used eggs to landfill.

2. Give plastic eggs

Not planning on having an Easter egg hunt next year? Give your plastic eggs to someone who is! Whether it’s donating your pack of plastic Easter eggs to a local thrift store or charity or simply passing them on to someone you know, you’ll be giving your eggs a new home where they can be reused for years to come.

3. Use plastic eggs for crafts or crafts

Another great way to avoid throwing plastic eggs in the trash is to recycle them! You can use plastic eggs for several creative crafts, including handmade ornaments or one wreath of eggs. To show creativity! These projects not only upcycle items that would have gone to waste, but they’re also fun for the whole family.

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Alicia R. Rucker