This spring Northampton Borough Council and Veolia are encouraging residents to recycle extra waste.

Foil from your chocolate Easter eggs and treats, cardboard and moulded plastic packaging can be recycled in your blue-topped recycling bin, recycling boxes or recycling sacks.

Easter cards can also be put out for recycling. Alternatively, why not send a fun electronic e-card instead?

Leftover food can be frozen for use on another day. Cool any leftovers at room temperature, then cover them and ensure that they go in the fridge or freezer within one-two hours.

If you have a lot of one type of food, splitting it into smaller portions will help it to cool quickly. It also means you can freeze and defrost only what you need for future dishes. Don’t forget, leftovers should be eaten or frozen within two days or within one day for rice dishes.

There are plenty of ideas to help you use up any leftovers from your Easter meals, just take a look at www.lovefoodhatewaste.com .

However, if you still have leftover food to dispose of, make sure it goes into your food waste caddy for composting to reduce the amount of material going to waste.

Recycling your Easter food waste can also see you win prizes. Sign up to the ‘In to win’ scheme at www.feedyourcaddy.com and place the scheme sticker on your caddy. Present your food waste in your brown caddy on your weekly collection day and you will be put into a prize draw to win vouchers on a monthly basis.

Councillor Mike Hallam, Cabinet member for environment, said: “Easter will be experienced in a very different way this year therefore, we’re advising residents to follow government advice and stay at home because it’s absolutely vital in limiting the spread of the coronavirus.

“We know most residents do a really good job, recycling as much as they can. We do ask, however, that people keep up this great work during the lockdown and Easter holidays so we can continue to reduce the amount of material going to waste.

“With recycling centres currently closed in response to government guidance on closure of non-essential premises to control social distancing, please don’t undertake large DIY, decluttering or garden projects that will produce a lot of waste, unless you can store the waste until it can be safely collected.

“Alongside many other frontline services, the efforts of our waste collection staff should be applauded, as they are keeping collections running as smoothly as possible during these very challenging times.

“Although there are a lot of temptations out there, we must remember that we all play our part in stopping the spread of the virus and helping our planet breathe again.”

Shaun Donohue, General Manager for Veolia said: “Residents are doing a great job of recycling their waste, and we want to thank them for it.  By taking a few minutes to swill out containers and put the right thing in the right bin, bag or box, it means that there is less waste sent to landfill which is great news for the environment.”

Residents are also being made aware that our teams will still be collecting bins on Good Friday and Easter Monday.