Recycle your wrapping paper and cards to protect forests

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RECYCLE your Christmas cards and wrapping paper at a supermarket to help protect the world’s forests.

Sainsbury’s is providing an in-store Christmas card recycling service to support the Forest Stewardship Council UK, which is running until January 13, in its stores including Broadcut in Fareham, Fitzherbert Road in Portsmouth and Hambledon Road in Waterlooville.

Online customers can also have their cards collected from their homes when they receive their online shop.

The supermarket will make a donation to FSC UK based on the volume collected.

Last year, customers donated 87 tonnes nationally, resulting in a donation of £12,000 to FSC UK.

Sainsbury’s Broadcut store manager Pete Harriman said: ‘We’ve always had a brilliant response from customers in previous years and with their help, we’re hoping to make an even bigger contribution this time.

‘The recycling initiative is a great way to support the invaluable work of the FSC and help customers to tackle Christmas waste and put it to use.’

Rosie Teasdale, executive director at FSC UK, said: ‘The Sainsbury’s donation provides essential funds for our education and awareness-raising work, helping us to support people in the UK protect the world’s forests.

‘Recycling paper results in less waste going to landfill, reduces the pressure on forests, and helps to give future generations the gift of forests for all forever.’