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Scots urged to recycle Xmas cards

People in Scotland were today urged to recycle their Christmas cards to reduce waste and rejuvenate the country’s woodlands.

The Christmas Card Recycling Scheme 2008, which starts today, aims to build on the success of last year’s campaign when 8.2 million cards were recycled in Scotland. The scheme is run by the Woodlands Trust in conjunction with Waste Aware Scotland and retailers including WH Smith, Tesco, TK Maxx, and Marks and Spencers.

Cards can be taken to local branches of participating stores and dispose of them in special Christmas card recycling bins.

It is estimated by the Woodland Trust that last year’s efforts in Scotland and across the UK, saved 2,400 tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere – the equivalent of taking over 700 cars off the road or avoiding over 100 flights.

First Minister Alex Salmond was joined by the other party leaders in supporting the scheme, which is now in its seventh year.

• Full story at the Scottish Government.

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