Irish Residents Consume 17.5M Easter Eggs Annually, Research Shows

By Donna Ahern
Irish Residents Consume 17.5M Easter Eggs Annually, Research Shows

Irish residents consume 17.5 million Easter eggs annually, research shows.

According to the findings of a new study conducted by Repak, 28% of Irish residents are expecting to buy eight chocolate eggs or more this Easter.

One in 10 of those surveyed said that they spending an average of €50 on chocolate eggs.

Packaging Increase

In a statement, the Irish packaging recycling group highlighted that as the number of eggs consumed each year continues to rise, so too does the volume of Easter egg packaging being generated.


Almost two thirds (63%) said they choose to buy an Easter egg based on the type of chocolate that it is, rather than whether the packaging is recyclable or not.

At least one in 10 are unsure that they are correctly recycling the Easter egg packaging, the study shows.

"By recycling better at home, you are supporting Ireland in reaching its future recycling targets," said Séamus Clancy, CEO of Repak.

"This Easter, make sure you know what can and cannot be recycled.

Repak’s Top Tips


  • Most of the packaging on Easter eggs is recyclable, and the cardboard and hard plastic covers can be disposed of in the recycle bin
  • Soft plastic, such as that used for sweets and chocolate wrappers, must be disposed of in the general waste bin
  • Foil can be recycled, ensure it is clean, dry and loose. If foils are soiled they cannot be recycled and should be disposed of the general waste bin
  • When you have finished with your Easter eggs make sure that the recyclable items are clean, dry and loosely placed in the recycling bin.

The research indicated that almost 40,000 tonnes of packaging waste are expected to be recycled this Easter, which Repak said, 'demonstrates how far the Irish public have come in improving their recycling habits.'

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