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Call to recycle Christmas cards

PUBLISHED: 04:38 08 January 2002 | UPDATED: 11:08 03 March 2010

THE 12th Day of Christmas - the traditional time for stripping the house of decorations - has been and gone.

And if you haven't yet disposed of the Christmas cards, read on.

THE 12th Day of Christmas – the traditional time for stripping the house of decorations – has been and gone.

And if you haven't yet disposed of the Christmas cards, read on.

Ipswich Borough Council is campaigning for one Christmas trimming not to be chucked away and the plea has gone out to take them to one of the town's recycling banks.

Environmental Spokesperson Councillor Penny Breakwell joined representatives from local Post Offices and organisations Not Redundant and Recycled at a special collection point set up at Asda in Goddard Road, to launch this year's Christmas recycling campaign.

Last time around an impressive 630,000 cards were rescued from the dustbin, and the council has challenged the public to top this in 2002 by turning a mammoth one million cards into pulp.

It would take 145 trees, 3,230 gallons of oil, 34,000 kilowatts of energy and 60,000 gallons of water to equal the amount of paper produced by last year's recycling effort, and this huge wastage is rivalled by the amount of space old cards take up in landfill sites.

As well as Asda and the council's 50 permanent recycling banks, cards can be taken to Sainsbury's in Hadleigh Road, Morrisons in Sproughton Road, Co-op in Carr Street, Co-op at the Rosehill Centre, Civic Centre Reception, the Tourist Information Centre in St. Stephens Lane, Lavender Hill Community Shop, the All Hallows, Chantry and Whitton/Whitehouse Area Housing Offices, most local post offices and many sheltered housing schemes.

Christmas trees too can be saved from the rubbish tip. They can be placed in green waste containers at the Household Waste and Recycling Centres at Sir Alf Ramsey Way and Foxhall Road.

They will then be taken to recycling plants and turned into compost.

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