To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the number of (a) Christmas cards and (b) Christmas trees that were recycled in each year since 1990; what support she provides to local authorities with regard to the recycling of Christmas cards; and if she will make a statement.
Christmas card and tree recycling schemes are run by the Woodland Trust and local authorities respectively. As such DEFRA has no record of the amounts collected and recycled. However, in 2005 over 50 million cards were collected through the Woodland Trust scheme.
Support for local authorities who wish to run an awareness campaign at Christmas, including the recycling of Christmas cards, can be provided by WRAP'S 'Recycle Now' programme. The support includes the use of artwork, advertising templates and PR materials.