Turn your festive waste into woodland this January

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The Woodland Trust and M&S are appealing to the Northern Ireland public to turn festive waste into woodland by recycling old Christmas cards.

Special card collection bins will be in place in M&S stores this month, and the retailer will fund the planting of one tree for every 1,000 cards recycled.

“We’re appealing to local people to play a part. Please make a point of saving your cards from the rubbish bin and instead drop them off at M&S when you’re out and about shopping this January.”

Patrick Cregg, Director, Woodland Trust

Last year 6,255,833 cards were collected through the scheme, enabling the Woodland Trust to plant 6,256 trees throughout the UK. 

Patrick Cregg, director of the Woodland Trust, says: “We’re appealing to local people to play a part. Please make a point of saving your cards from the rubbish bin and instead drop them off at M&S when you’re out and about shopping this January. It’s a fantastic opportunity to help reduce the massive amounts of waste that would otherwise end up in landfill, and an easy way to help turn unwanted waste into much-needed trees.”

To find out more about the Christmas Card Recycling Scheme, visit www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/ccrs.