Lothians MSP puts recycling on the cards

Green Lothians MSP Robin Harper will today (Thursday) drop his Christmas cards off at WH Smith in Cameron Toll, Edinburgh, to show support for a Woodland Trust recycling project and to encourage others to do the same.

The Trust’s Christmas Card Recycling Scheme, supported by the Scottish Waste Aware Group (SWAG), is now in its tenth year and has raised thousands of pounds to help the conservation charity protect ancient, and create new, woodland throughout the UK. Christmas card recycling points are at WH Smith, Tesco and TK Maxx stores throughout Scotland until the end of January.

Mr Harper said,

“The Woodland Trust’s Christmas Card Recycling Scheme is a really simple way to ensure that the good wishes received in Christmas cards do not come at a cost to the earth. While Christmas is of course great fun, it does have an impact on the environment. This is an easy way to take the goodwill message of Christmas further. It is essential that we all recycle as much as we can and buy recycled products where possible. The Woodland Trust does excellent work to protect and create woodland in Scotland which helps create a healthier, greener environment.”

Andrew Fairbairn, Development Manager of the Woodland Trust Scotland, says:

“The Trust thanks everyone who supports the campaign each year – it’s a marvellous effort. You’re helping us to plant thousands of new trees and protect the little ancient woodland we have left in the UK.”

Scotland is one of the least-wooded countries in Europe, with only 17% tree cover compared to the European average of 44%.

This year’s scheme has seen numerous celebrities rally behind the cause, including Debra Stephenson who plays Frankie in Coronation St.

She said: “It’s a great way for people to get their New Year off to a ‘greener’ start and get into the recycling habit.”

The scheme will aim to recycle seven million cards in Scotland. Last year’s effort exceeded expectations with 6.2 million cards were recycled. Cards can be taken to participating stores throughout January 2007.