Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Now Recycle Your Christmas

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Now Recycle Your Christmas

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Byline: PATRICK SAWER;GEORGINA LITTLEJOHN

GREEN campaigners are calling for more recycling of Christmas waste.

It is estimated that as much as 83 square kilometres of wrapping paper will end up in rubbish bins this week, an area larger that Guernsey.

Then there are the Christmas trees, cards and unwanted toys.

The Recycle Now campaign says 41 per cent of adults do not recycle at Christmas, despite 90 per cent saying they want to.

But help is at hand through, for example, The Woodland Trust. Julian Brown of Recycle Now said: "Recycling Christmas cards for the Woodland Trust is just one easy way to help reduce the waste and help a worthwhile cause."

Fortunately, disposing of all that Christmas rubbish in a responsible way is easier than it appears. Here is the Evening Standard's guide.

TREES

More than six million households buy a real tree for Christmas, which means an awful lot of wilting firs.

Most local authorities will recycle your tree during the first weeks of the New Year, collecting it from your doorstep or asking you to deliver it to waste disposal or recycling depots. From here it is usually turned into mulch for parks. The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew is collecting trees in exchange for a free entry accompanied by a full-paying adult. The trees are being collected inside the Brentford Gate entrance before 16 January.

CARDS AND PACKAGING

Last year we sent an estimated 750 million Christmas cards, the equivalent of 248,000 trees.

The biggest card recycling scheme is run by the Woodland Trust conservation charity which has a target of collecting 60 million cards through WH Smith and Tesco stores.

Wrapping paper should be recycled in the appropriate container left by your council.

One of the biggest problems is plastic packaging - 125,000 tonnes of which is thrown away at this time of year. …

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