Edinburgh residents urged to recycle their Christmas Cards

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December 2015

EDINBURGH BASED RESIDENTS URGED TO RECYCLE THEIR CHRISTMAS CARDS – AND HELP PLANT TREES!

The Woodland Trust and M&S are encouraging Edinburgh residents to recycle their Christmas cards this year, as M&S pledges to plant one tree for every 1,000 cards donated in store throughout the month of January.

The charity and retailer have set an ambitious target to collect and recycle more than six million cards across the UK, which would mean more than 6,000 new trees in the ground. If everyone in Edinburgh donates one Christmas card, over 487* trees could be planted. More trees are desperately needed in Edinburgh as tree cover is 9.19% compared to the UK average of 13%.

Jenny McPartlin, Store Manager at M&S Princes Street, is spearheading support for the campaign in the region and encouraging others to make a note in their diaries to drop their cards off at M&S after the Christmas break. She explained: “This scheme is a great way to give something back to our local areas and environment after the Christmas season. It’s always good to see new trees being planted when so many are being cut down elsewhere. Knowing that we’ve been a part of the scheme feels fantastic and if we can encourage even more people to donate the difference to our local environment will be huge.”

TV presenter Julia Bradbury is urging the UK public to recycle their cards to help plant thousands of trees across the UK. Mum-of-three Julia is a former presenter of the BBC’s Countryfile and is currently setting up her own online Outdoor Guide (www.theoutdoorguide.co.uk) – featuring a host of online resources for people who love the outdoors.

The Woodland Trust’s Joanne Mathieson said: “Through collecting more than 32 million cards over the last four years, the public and M&S have helped us plant more than 32,000 trees. The beauty of the M&S Christmas Card Scheme lies in its simplicity. People simply need to collect up all their cards after Christmas, which are often lying about, take them to their local M&S store – there are bins in most stores – and M&S will do the rest.”

Alexis Steadman, Plan A Community Relations Manager at M&S said: “A key part of our ethical and environmental programme is helping our customers to live a more sustainable lifestyle, and this brilliant scheme plays an important role in this work. By simply popping into your local M&S and dropping your cards into the collection boxes, customers can help the Woodland Trust to continue turning unwanted waste into much needed trees and preserving the habitat of thousands of species all around the UK.

More details about the scheme are available at: www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/crs

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  1. S MCKIRDY, January 8, 2019 10:57 pm - Edinburgh residents urged to recycle their Christmas Cards

    WENT TO M& S PRINCESS ST EDINBURGH
    THE STAFF DO NOT KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT RECYCLING CHRISTMAS CARDS

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      Editor, January 8, 2019 11:11 pm - Edinburgh residents urged to recycle their Christmas Cards

      Sorry S McKirdky, you stumbled across an old post from 2015.

      I have now added a date to the top.

      Apologies for any inconvenience

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