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31 December 2007

Barrett urges Edinburgh to make a green New Year’s resolution

John Barrett, Liberal Democrat MP for Edinburgh West, today urged everyone to make a New Year’s resolution to recycling their Christmas cards.

The Woodland Trust and Recycle hope to recycle a record 100 million cards to help the Trust plant 24,000 trees. Last year 93 million cards were collected to enable the charity to plant 22,000 trees – or a forest the size of 44 football pitches.

Special recycling bins at Tesco and WH Smith will be provided from today until January 31st. Alternatively, you can drop your Christmas cards in to John’s office at 1A Drum Brae Avenue.

John Barrett, who is backing the scheme locally and at Westminster said:

“People across Scotland will have sent over one hundred million cards this Christmas but amazingly one in five of us still throw our cards in the bin.

“I want everyone to recycle as many of their cards as possible to raise funds to help the Woodland Trust save woods and trees, and help cut down on the amount of waste that gets binned at this time of year.

“I am a keen recycler myself and will be taking all of my Christmas cards this year to a recycling point. It is a great way for people to get their New Year off to a greener start.”


  • All the cards collected at these stores will be taken to paper mills, where they are recycled into brand new paper products like corrugated cardboard, copier paper – even next year’s Christmas cards.
  • The Woodland Trust:The Woodland Trust is the UK’s leading woodland conservation charity. It has 300,000 members and supporters. The Trust has four key aims: i) No further loss of ancient woodland; ii) Restoring and improving the biodiversity of woods; iii) Increasing new native woodland; iv) Increasing people’s understanding and enjoyment of woodland. Established in 1972, the Woodland Trust now has over 1,000 sites in its care covering approximately 20,000 hectares (50,000 acres). Access to its sites is free. Further news can be found via this website.
  • The Woodland Trust Christmas Card Recycling Scheme. The cards collected in stores are taken to WHSmith, Tesco, TK Maxx and M&S depots, where they are collected by their own recycling agents (Severnside for Tesco, SCA Recycling for WHSmith and TK Maxx, and GSS for M&S). The cards are then graded and taken to recycling plants where they are treated and eventually turned into new products such as tissue paper, photocopy paper or corrugated cardboard.
  • Recycling Credits. Money is raised through recycling credits. A recycling credit is the value of the saving made by the County Council in NOT having to landfill any household waste that is recycled. The County Council chooses to pay this saving in disposal costs back to any voluntary or community groups that are involved in collecting household waste for recycling (in the case of the CCRS – the Woodland Trust) because they wish to promote recycling in their area. The value of the credit varies across the different Districts due to differences in disposal costs, and is paid for each tonne of household waste that is recycled. The value of the credit increases each year with RPI (Retail Price Index) and with any increases in Landfill Tax.
  • Recycle Now. Launched by Matthew Pinsent in September 2004, Recycle Now is the multi-media national recycling campaign, implemented and managed by WRAP (the Waste & Resources Action Programme) on behalf of the Government. The aim of the campaign is to encourage more people to recycle more stuff, more often.

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