Dreaming of a Green Christmas

Hackney Council is encouraging residents to recycle their Christmas cards and trees after the festive season.

It is estimated that one billion Christmas cards (17 for every man, woman and child) could end up in bins across the UK this year. If we all recycle just one card, this would save 1,570 tonnes of C02 equivalent greenhouse gases – the same as taking 500 cars off the road for a year.

Cards can be recycled in your green box collection, or in recycling banks on your estate. The Woodland Trust also runs a Christmas Card recycling scheme, with Recycle Now.

Last year 78,000 cards were collected thanks to the scheme which diverted 1,461 tonnes from the landfill. Money raised from the scheme pays for thousands of trees to be planted in the UK each year. Look out for the collection bins in Tesco in Morning Lane and Marks and Spencer in Mare Street in January.

Alternatively you can send an ecard, to save paper and money. The council has one which can be downloaded from

Londoners will buy around a million Christmas trees this month and the majority of them will just get thrown away in January. Make sure yours doesn’t end up in the landfill. Christmas trees make rich compost so recycling your tree helps gardens grow.

If you have a Brown Bin, you can leave your tree next to it on your collection day. Alternatively you can take it to the Household Waste and Recycling Centres in Islington or Waltham, or get it collected by the free bulky waste service, where it will be separated for composting.

Cllr Alan Laing, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods said, “With so many Christmas trees bought each year, it is great that they can be turned into rich compost for Hackney’s green parks and spaces. There are going to be big improvements to recycling services in Hackney this year. Why not make a New Year’s resolution this year, and pledge to recycle more?”

To find out about recycling and waste prevention phone the recycling hotline on 020 8356 6688 or go to