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Plant trees and reduce landfill by recycling your Christmas cards

by EcoStreet on January 3, 2008

in Recycling

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‘Jungle celebrity’ and avid recycler Anna Ryder Richardson has joined forces with Recycle now to launch 2008’s annual Woodland Trust Christmas Card Recycling Scheme. A target of 100 million cards has been set by the Woodland Trust and Recycle Now, which will mean 24,000 trees can be planted, saving 2,600 tonnes of CO2 equivalent greenhouse gases – the same as taking over 800 cars off the road for a year.

“I love sending and receiving Christmas cards. It’s a great tradition and in the UK we send one billion of them each year. But I want to encourage everyone to remember to recycle them after Twelfth Night – not only will it help the Woodland Trust plant more trees but also stops recyclable waste needlessly ending up being sent into landfill and help the environment." Anna Ryder Richardson

Christmas card collection bins will be available throughout January at mainland WHSmith high street stores, Tesco stores (including selected Express), TK Maxx stores and all M&S stores including selected M&S Simply Food stores.

All the cards collected during the campaign are recycled into brand new paper products, with the money raised helping the Woodland Trust plant new trees throughout the UK.

Recycling is an easy New Year’s resolution that will help tackle climate change. And while we’re on the subject, don’t forget to recycle your Christmas tree too. Contact your local council to find out whether they collect, or where you need to take your tree to.

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