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PUBLISHED - 02 December, 2011

Christmas card recycling: a guide

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We’re not short on quick, easy, and effective recycling ideas and we love sharing them with you! Read on for ways to recycle Christmas cards this year, next year, and for many years to come.

Reuse them

If the Christmas cards you have received are blank on the inside cover, why not reuse the fronts of all your cards to create brand new cards to send next year? This is easy, simply remove the front of the card from the back (the bit with the writing on) and stick it to a clean piece of recycled card. Packets of recycled card can be bought cheaply, meaning sending Christmas cards next year will be cheap but very cheerful.

Tip: Try not to send the card back to the person who sent it to you!

Team up with The Woodland Trust

Every year in January The Woodland Trust offer Christmas card recycling and all you have to do is get your old cards to them and they will turn your unwanted cards into newspapers, paper towels, and writing paper.

Tip: Once you’ve recycled your Christmas cards, support your own good work by purchasing recycled paper towels and writing paper wherever possible.

Give to the Salvation Army

The Salvation Army offers a similar service to The Woodland Trust, taking away and recycling your old Christmas cards to try and reduce the number that ends up in landfills. In 2009, The Salvation Army collected over 187 tonnes of Christmas cards, which equates to approximately 13.7 million cards.

Put them in the bin

Christmas cards can be placed in your recycling bins, along with any cardboard packaging and non-metallic wrapping paper. Your local council will collect and recycle these items along with your usual paper and card waste.

Find out how we’re putting our ethics into action and reducing waste at The Co-operative.

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