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Preparing for post Christmas

After 14 years and 550 million recycled cards, Planet Ark is ceasing their iconic Christmas card recycling campaign, which recycled 11 million cards last year alone. But it doesn't mean they don't want us to continue recycling!

"When we began cards for Planet Ark 14 years ago people couldn't recycle in their curbside bin. But things have changed. Ninety per cent of Australian's now have curbside recycling, so we're encouraging everyone to do that," says Planet Ark spokesperson, Michelle Cook.

"It's better for the environment to recycle using your home bin, rather than posting envelopes to a central sorting facility, or travelling somewhere just to drop them off," says Cook.

Instead, Planet Ark is launching a new Festive Recycling Campaign, which addresses our Christmas excesses in their entirety. The campaign encourages recycling of cards and wrapping paper, composting of food (40 per cent of landfill is food waste), and most importantly: e-waste.

"Christmas is a time when people update their electronics like Ipods, computers and phones, or kids get electronic goods requiring batteries - e-waste really is the new frontier in recycling," Cook says.

Planet Ark's campaign, beginning December 9, will start to educate the public on how to handle Christmas waste, while visitors to Australia Post after Boxing Day will be able to pick up recycling bin stickers. Not only do the stickers promote the national recycling hotline (1300 733 712) and www.recyclingnearyou.com.au, but they have a handy place to label your bin, in case the neighbours take a liking to it.

As for those Christmas cards, if you don't recycle them, reusing them is even better for the planet: "Nursing homes and schools often use them for crafts, and they can be composted," says Cook. www.planetark.org

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