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Once Christmas is over, you may be wanting to find environmentally friendly ways of disposing of your Christmas items including recycling your Christmas tree, disposing of broken fairy lights carefully and recycling your Christmas cards. For many years the Woodland Trust collected Christmas cards for recycling with collection points at various retailers across the UK, most recently with collection boxes in branches of Marks and Spencer.
However in 2017 they decided that they were no longer going to run their recycling scheme and so for Christmas 2017 the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) took up the mantle of Christmas card recycling and placed collecting boxes in branches of Sainsbury.
Farcically however, in my own local branch of Sainsbury, the collection box was taken away several days before 6th January 2018, so when I went down to recycle my own Christmas cards after Twelfth Night, I had to take them back home with me and put them in my household recycling collection.
So what can you do with your Christmas cards when you take them down in 2019?
At present there has been no announcment as to whether the FSC will be collecting again this year (Maybe they think that last year's campaign was a failure. I wonder why?).
No other organisations or supermarkets have at present announced any nationwide Christmas Card recycling schemes.
For the moment, our advice is that you should recycle Christmas cards in your household recycling collection.
However you should not include cards that have glitter or embellishments such as bows, jewels, ribbons etc. Either remove any embellishments from the cards before recycling or place those cards in your domestic waste.
The FSC are urging us to buy Christmas cards made from FSC certified material this year.