Is it time we all cut back on Christmas cards?

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A COUNCIL wants people to consider replacing Christmas cards with emails or phone calls in a bid to cut down on waste.

The suggestion is one of 10 that Winchester City Council has made.

The council’s portfolio holder for environment, health and wellbeing Councillor Frank Pearson said: ‘Everyone can play their part to help the environment over the Christmas period and throughout the year by following this simple advice and making sure everyone at home knows which items go into which bin.’

The council’s other suggestions include:

n Reduce the amount of wrapping paper you use as it cannot be recycled.

n Take all empty bottles and jars to a local recycling bank.

n ‘Tree-cycle’ by putting out your Christmas tree for collection.

n Plan meals carefully so you only use what you need.

n Use up leftovers or freeze them for later use.

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