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Call to recycle Easter egg boxes

Easter eggs
About 20 million chocolate eggs were eaten in London in 2008

Londoners are being urged to recycle their Easter egg boxes and packaging once the festivities are over.

The Recycle for London campaign is reminding Londoners that the packaging their eggs are boxed in as well as Easter cards can all be recycled.

The Recycle for London campaign is chaired by London mayor Boris Johnson.

Last Easter about 20 million chocolate eggs were eaten in London, and more than £299m was spent on 139 million chocolate eggs in the UK.

Boris Johnson, who is also chair of the London Waste and Recycling Board, which funds the Recycle for London campaign, said: "Once we've demolished our share of chocolate eggs, we can turn our attention to recycling the huge amounts of discarded packaging.

"My rallying cry to Londoners is to enjoy your Easter eggs but make sure you recycle the boxes they come in - Easter is an egg-cellent time to boost recycling!"

The Recycle for London campaign aims to get Londoners to recycle as much of their consumer waste as possible.

Londoners are now recycling about 25% of their waste, compared to 8% in 2000.



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