What to do with
There are lots of different types of greetings cards - from birthday cards and Christmas cards to congratulations on your anniversary, new baby, on moving house or passing your driving test!
Most cards are paper based but often have embellishments like ribbons or glitter - especially at Christmas time - which can make them difficult to recycle. Where possible remove ribbons, foil and glitter before recycling and choose cards that are made from recyclable materials and are not covered in glitter or ribbons.
And remember...envelopes can also be recycled!
How should I recycle greetings cards?
Greetings cards can be recycled alongside paper and card. Check with your local council to see if they can be put in your recycling container or whether they need to be taken to your local Household Recycling Centre.
- Most councils allow cards to be put in your paper and card recycling bin at home
- Other councils ask for cards to be recycled at the nearest household recycling centre
- In January you will often find high street stores and supermarkets who have special collection points for Christmas cards.
What else can I do?
Go digital and opt for an e-card instead or re-use cards and make gift tags for presents, bookmarks and postcards or use them for a shopping list by tearing the card in half and later recycling them.