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Confectionary giants accused of over egging Easter egg packaging


By John Glenday | Reporter

March 30, 2012 | 1 min read

Confectionary manufacturers have come under the kosh from a Lib Dem MP after being accused of over egging their Easter egg packaging, failing to reduce excess plastic and card.

Jo Swinson reports that little progress has been made on improving recyclability with around 3,000 tonnes of waste produced annually in the UK as a byproduct of the chocolate treats.

In her 2012 Easter egg report Swinson notes that only 38% of the contents of your average egg consistes of egg, a figure which remains unchanged from last year.

The bulk of the remainder is non-recyclable and often ends up in landfill.

Eight brands were included in the survey, notably Mars, Nestle, Cadbury and Thorntons alongside supermarket own brand products such as Sainsburys and Marks & Spencer.

Amongst bad eggs including Baileys and M&S Swinson was however full of praise for Nestle, for its eddorts to reduce excess packaging.


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