Gransnet forums

House and home

Recycling egg boxes....

(30 Posts)
MayBee70 Tue 27-Oct-20 18:26:39

Can anyone explain to me why you can recycle the cardboard from loo rolls but not eggs cartons? I used to take my egg boxes to a local farm but I don’t think they need them any more. I hate putting things into the bin to go to landfill. I’ve actually got a dustbin bag full of them but every time I go to put it in the bin I bring it back in again. I suppose there are worse things going into landfill but it still bothers me.

midgey Tue 27-Oct-20 18:38:38

I always recycle them with the cardboard.

tanith Tue 27-Oct-20 18:42:15

Mine go in the recycle bin too.

Aldom Tue 27-Oct-20 18:44:08

In the spring I used egg boxes for growing seeds.

BlueBelle Tue 27-Oct-20 18:45:05

I m pretty sure we can recycle them I always put them in my blue recycle bin never been told I shouldn’t and never read or heard any thing to say we can’t
In the summer I grow seeds in them ideal to put straight in the garden to melt away, cardboard is excellent for composting too

PollyDolly Tue 27-Oct-20 18:48:25

I always put them in the blue recycling bin too. However, the last dozen free range egg sale I bought were packed in clear plastic! 😱

MayBee70 Tue 27-Oct-20 19:01:42

PollyDolly

I always put them in the blue recycling bin too. However, the last dozen free range egg sale I bought were packed in clear plastic! 😱

Yes: I bought some recently that were in a plastic box. I thought maybe they’d switched to recycleable plastic.

Treebee Tue 27-Oct-20 19:03:06

We tear them up and put them on our compost heap. They rot down well.

Georgesgran Tue 27-Oct-20 19:06:52

Compost heap here too.
Our Co-op had a sign up that they were having to switch temporarily to plastic boxes.

Elegran Tue 27-Oct-20 19:12:28

Are you sure you can't recycle the cardboard ones? Some areas accept them, others do not. Reasons for some areas not wanting them (for instance, if you put eggy eggshells back into them, they could be contaminated with food, whichmakes them unacceptable) are mentioned at wigglywisdom.com/are-egg-cartons-recyclable/ which also has some other things you could do with them

Jaxjacky Tue 27-Oct-20 19:18:51

I use them to chit potatoes for allotment.

MayBee70 Tue 27-Oct-20 19:22:15

This is what it says on the recycling calendar. Maybe it's a space thing. Unfortunately I no longer have a compost bin due to a rat infestation.

Maggiemaybe Tue 27-Oct-20 19:58:58

We buy our eggs from a local smallholder and take the boxes back for refilling every week. They must be older than the grandsons now, but still going strong. smile

BlueBelle Tue 27-Oct-20 20:28:35

Perhaps that means the plastic egg boxes you often get in supermarkets

BlueBelle Tue 27-Oct-20 20:31:03

We don’t have inner and outer just one blue recycling bin which all recyclable things go into

mokryna Tue 27-Oct-20 20:51:41

I give the coat hangers back to the dry cleaners but I do have a problem with take a way food containers, I don’t buy that often but they build up as do the yogurt pots. Funnily enough the next town accepts them in their recycle bins and they are collected by the same company.

BlueBelle Tue 27-Oct-20 22:08:54

Again those little pots are ideal as plant pots burn a little hole in the bottom though

lemongrove Tue 27-Oct-20 22:15:37

We recycle ours, but I see that you can’t Maybee nor pizza boxes.
Suppose you will have to add them to the general refuse bin.

biba70 Tue 27-Oct-20 22:18:46

Buy eggs from your local farm or poultry keeper- and re-use the same box. When I do have spares, they all go into the compost bin.

MayBee70 Tue 27-Oct-20 22:20:44

We used to but since Covid I get them delivered by the milkman. We don’t even venture forth to the village shop or the farm these days. I may phone the farm up and ask if they need any boxes though.

alassinsane Tue 27-Oct-20 22:37:55

I tear them up and put them in the compost bin, like Treebee. They're rotting down well.

Granny23 Tue 27-Oct-20 22:51:55

Mine also go in the compost in summer, or are used for seeds. In winter the make excellent fire lighters, either in the chimenea or open fire.

MiniMoon Tue 27-Oct-20 23:07:14

We just have 3 bins. Green for household waste, black for recycling and brown for garden waste.
Our recycling provision is rather poor here we can put newspapers cardboard, cans and plastic bottles into the bin, and thats about all.
I do put in cardboard egg boxes and have never been asked not to.

Calendargirl Wed 28-Oct-20 06:54:56

I put cardboard egg boxes in compost bin, along with loo rolls, but would put them in the re-cycling bin if not. Also put plastic egg boxes to re-cycle. Yogurt pots and marg tubs allowed, but we have to take glass to the bottle banks.
Pity the whole country doesn’t do the same all over, would make the rules easier to follow.

rubysong Wed 28-Oct-20 11:26:31

I tear up damp cardboard egg boxes to put in the wormery. Also if you make them soggy enough to fall apart and mix in some PVA you can use the resulting mush as a modelling material. It just needs time to air dry, or maybe very cool oven. I made small balls of it and added an extension to the Christmas nativity stable.