Remember to recycle your Christmas cards, wrapping paper & boxes

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UK residents being urged to recycle after Christmas

UK residents are being asked to remember to recycle their Christmas cards, boxes and wrapping paper after Christmas this year, to help with tree planting across the UK.

The Woodland Trust have run a successful scheme for the past few years to encourage people to recycle after the festive season and so far around 600 million Christmas cards have been recycled.

Major high street stores, including Marks & Spencer and Sainsbury’s, have got involved with the scheme and provide recycling boxes in stores throughout January so you can pop in and recycle your cards – for every 1,000 cards recycled, one tree is planted.

Please remember to recycle your Christmas cards, wrapping paper & boxes

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Now politicians in Scotland are urging residents to do the same and get recycling their Christmas cards, boxes and wrapping paper.

SNP MSP Graeme Dey, who holds meetings with the Holyrood’s Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee, said that every year we send Christmas cards to spread festive cheer amongst our friends and family and whilst it’s a lovely sentiment, the aftermath can be quite severe on our environment, so it’s hugely important that we remember to recycle our Christmas cards to help protect it.

By simply recycling our cards, boxes and wrapping paper after the festive season is over, we can all do our bit in looking after our planet.

Scottish labour’s environment spokeswoman, Claudia Beamish, said: “After the fun of opening the presents yesterday, I would urge people to spare a moment to think about the environment and not just let the wrapping paper end up in landfill.”

She said that homes across Scotland will now be full of ripped up wrapping paper and empty boxes, items which can either be re-used or recycled and placed in your paper/cardboard recycling bin ready for collection.

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