What to do with
Egg boxes can be made from cardboard or plastic. Cardboard egg boxes are widely collected by councils as part of your household recycling scheme; the collection of plastic egg boxes varies across the country.
- Check with family, friends, neighbours and work colleagues to see if they want them - they are particularly useful for anyone who keeps hens;
- Schools and playgroups often find these useful for craft sessions;
- Gardeners sometimes use cardboard egg boxes as seed trays.
What else can I do with them?
- Put potting compost into the individual compartments of egg boxes, then sow with seeds to create your own windowsill greenhouse! Works particularly well with plastic egg boxes.
- Plastic egg boxes can be useful for storing small items of jewellery too, like earrings;
- They are also ideal for storing small craft items like buttons, sequins and beads.
- Paint pallettes! Cut the lid off a plastic egg box and add small amounts of water-based paints to each compartment - ideal for when the children are feeling artistic!
- Compost cardboard egg boxes. Simply rip up into smaller pieces and add to your home composting bin if you have one.
Cardboard egg boxes are widely recycled in household recycling schemes, but check with your council first as some have special collection schemes for cardboard.
The recycling collections for plastics vary across the country - so check with your council to see if you can put egg boxes in your recycling bin.