How to Recycle Plastic Easter Eggs

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Sending plastic Easter eggs to the landfill just means they'll sit there for years, coloring the garbage dump. Recycle your eggs instead. With a little creativity, you can minimize the plastic Easter egg waste in your home. They can be used to store all kinds of small craft items, such as plastic seed beads.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic Easter eggs
  • Permanent marker
  • Colored seed beads
  • Empty all the Easter contents from your plastic Easter eggs. Eat it, toss it or give it to the kids. The contents are no longer important.

  • Separate colored seed beads--or other small craft items--into piles of color, projects, size or whatever makes sense to you.

  • Fill the larger half of each egg with your beads. If you have more of one color than another, you many need to fill extra eggs with that color. Fill just the larger side, not both. This will make it easier to take the filled egg apart later.

  • Write on the plastic Easter egg, with a permanent marker, what color of beads are stored inside. This way you won't have to open all of the eggs to find the beads you're looking for.

Tips & Warnings

  • Keep your plastic Easter eggs in an egg carton. This will make them easier to find.
  • You can use plastic Easter eggs to store other things besides beads, such as thumb tacks, push pins, straight pens, small nails and rubber bands. The list is practically endless.
  • Don't overfill your eggs. Otherwise you will have a mess to clean each time you open one.
  • Don't hold the egg sideways to open it. Hold the egg with the filled side cupped in your hand and gently tap the top half so all the beads are in the bottom half before you open.

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  • Photo Credit easter eggs image by PHOTOFLY from Fotolia.com multi-coloured beads, background from beads image by 26kot from Fotolia.com
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