Earth Day 2019: Easter Recycling! What To Do With Egg Cartons And Foil Candy Wrappers

Earth Day 2019: Easter Recycling! What To Do With Egg Cartons And Foil Candy Wrappers

  • The Kane County Division of Environmental and Water Resources and Kane County Connects are “Counting Down to Earth Day” with a series of articles on “Going Green” in 2019. This article was contributed by Kane County Recycling Coordinator Jennifer Jarland.

Here are a couple Easter-related recycling tips that are perfectly timed as we Countdown to Earth Day.

Q: Can I recycle the little foil wrappers from my Easter candy?

A: Yes, you can — but it takes a little extra attention to detail.

If you throw all of the little tiny pieces in the recycling bin they will not actually get recycled, so you have to collect them separately and then wrap them in a larger piece of aluminum foil to contain them.

Wrap them in the larger piece of foil and lightly squeeze it into a baseball sized ball. Then place it in the recycling bin. This way, it will all get recycled with the aluminum recycling stream.

Q: Can I recycle egg cartons?

A: Yes. But again there is a little more to it.

Egg cartons are made from several different materials: paper, plastic and styrofoam.

Paper and plastic egg cartons can be recycled in your curbside recycling.

Foam egg cartons can be recycled at Dart Container Corp in North Aurora, along with other foam food service products and block foam.

See recent article on foam recycling.

Styrofoam, polystyrene, styrene: Dart Container Corp, 310 Evergreen Dr., North Aurora, 630-896-4631,

Recycle Drop-Off is open 24/7. List of accepted items: block foam, clean food containers. NO straws, cup lids, paper, or packing peanuts. If dropping a large load please call for an appointment.

Read The Countdown to Earth Day Series!