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You probably are already having an environmentally friendly Christmas this year by disposing of your Christmas items including recycling your Christmas tree, disposing of broken fairy lights carefully and so you will also want to recycle your Christmas greetings cards.
For many years the Woodland Trust collected Christmas cards for recycling with collection points at various retailers across the UK, collection boxes in branches of Marks and Spencer, Sainsburys, Tesco and WHS.
So what can you do with your Christmas cards when you take them down after Christmas?
At the moment no organisations or supermarkets have announced any nationwide Christmas Card recycling schemes.
Christmas cards can be widely recycled via household recycling collections in the UK, so for now, our advice is that you should recycle Christmas cards in your household recycling collection.
However you should not include cards that have glitter, foil or stick-on decrations such as googly eyes bows, jewels, ribbons etc.
Either remove the decorated sections from the cards before recycling or put those cards in your domestic waste.
To be even more environmentally concious this year, consider these ideas for reducing your use of greetings cards.
Many retailers sell cards with the FSC label, good places to look are
Many charities sell their own charity Christmas cards, such as the RSPB whose cards are FSC certified.
The Greeting Card Recycle Project was a lovely idea for Christmas 2021.They sold card recycling packs which let you reuse your any of your greetings card and send them onto someone else, with a special personal touch from you.