Easter eggs without the plastic inserts!

Paul Gallacher on the Easter egg production line at Nestle, Halifax
Paul Gallacher on the Easter egg production line at Nestle, Halifax

STAFF at Nestle Halifax have been the driving force behind the company removing Easter egg plastic packaging.

It is the first major confectioner to have its entire egg packaging 100 per cent recyclable by replacing rigid plastic with cardboard in its mug eggs.

A Nestlé spokesperson said: “It has been an ongoing challenge.

“For quite a few years we’ve struggled to find a solution that would protect the mugs and it was our packaging technologists in Halifax, working closely with our suppliers, who finally managed to find a solution.”

The Halifax factory is a major producer of eggs and makes nearly 20 million annually.

Nestle says the development will save 726 tonnes of plastic waste going to landfill every year.

The last products to become 100 per cent recyclable were the YORKIE®, MUNCHIES® and KIT KAT® Easter eggs which include a branded mug.

The plastic used to secure the mug and egg has been replaced with recyclable cardboard certified by the Forest Stewardship Counci.

And, a compostable film for the windows has resulted in a 30 per cent reduction in packaging in the mug eggs.

David Rennie, Managing Director, Nestlé Confectionery UK & Ireland, said: “Nestlé carefully considers the environmental impact of packaging as an integral part of its product design.

“Since the early 1990s, we have been reducing the amount of packaging we use through our global source reduction programme - eliminating unnecessary packaging and reducing weight while ensuring product quality.”