YOU can help the Woodland Trust turn festive waste into woodland this Christmas.
Recycle your old Christmas cards at Marks & Spencer stores in January and help the Trust to plant native trees.
From January 2nd to 31st 2013, specially-marked Christmas card recycling bins will be in place in over 300 participating M&S stores across the UK. M&S is committed to planting one tree with the Woodland Trust for every 1,000 Christmas cards brought into store.
It is estimated that one billion Christmas cards could end up in bins in the New Year.
Unlike most doorstep recycling services, the M&S scheme not only ensures that vast quantities of cards are recycled, but also supports the Woodland Trust by paying for thousands of extra trees to be planted in the UK each year.
As Northern Ireland is one of the least wooded regions in Europe, with just seven per cent woodland cover compared to the European average of 44 per cent, the public’s support of the M&S scheme is vital.
Joanne Mathieson from the Woodland Trust said: “We are delighted that M&S is continuing to run its highly successful Christmas Card Recycling Scheme this year. If we each drop off just seven cards at our local M&S shop in January, the Woodland Trust will be able to plant an extra 10,000 trees throughout the UK in 2013. By recycling festive cards, M&S customers are not only helping to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill, they are also helping the Woodland Trust to continue its vital work in creating new woodland and preserving the habitat of thousands of species.”