ENVIRONMENT minister Roseanna Cunningham is urging people in Stirling to get 2010 off to a green start by taking part in the national Christmas Card Recycling Scheme.
The call comes on the back of new research showing 80 per cent of Scots intend to recycle cards this year, with a further 70 per cent looking to recycle bottles, 69 per cent wrapping paper and 66 per cent pledging to recycling festive packaging from gifts and other products.
Officially launched this week, the annual campaign from the Woodland Trust and Waste Aware Scotland runs until the end of January. During that period, people across the city can recycle cards at local branches of participating retailers WH Smith, TK Maxx, and Marks and Spencer (via special in-store Christmas card recycling bins) or through their local kerbside collections and recycling centres and points.
Now in its 13th year, the annual Christmas Card Recycling Scheme will this year ask people to recycle their cards before visiting the Woodland Trust website at www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/cards to choose which UK region they would like scheme funded trees planted in.
This year’s scheme has a target to plant 12,000 native trees across the UK. Money to enable the trust to plant trees is funded by the retail partners.
Roseanna said: “At this time of year, we all have excess waste that can easily be recycled and initiatives such as the Woodland Trust’s Christmas Card Recycling Scheme make it even easier.
“While we all get back to normality after an enjoyable festive season, we should consider what we can recycle now and, perhaps as a New Years resolution, for the year ahead.”
Dr Nicki Souter, Waste Aware Scotland Campaign Manager, said: “Christmas is a time when we all tend to create more waste, so recycling Christmas cards as part of the Woodland Trust scheme is a simple way to help reduce the amount which ends up in landfill.”
Angela Douglas, operations director for Woodland Trust Scotland, added: “Each year we value the wonderful support from everyone who recycles their Christmas cards with the trust, which makes a huge difference to our work! This is why we want to say a big thank you this year by giving people the opportunity to choose where their trees are planted.”