Cobalt and Cheltenham based waste collection service Printwaste have teamed up to help people recycle their cards after Christmas.
The Charity will be accepting used Christmas and greetings cards from Monday 9 January to Friday 20 January.
Businesses and the general public will be invited to bring cards along in carrier bags to the Charity at Linton House, Thirlestaine Road, Cheltenham where collection points will be set up and clearly marked. Printwaste will provide office friendly collection bins for their customers including Harrison Clark Rickerbys, Cheltenham Borough Council and Hazlewoods Management Services Ltd and have more bins available for companies wanting to join in and help Cobalt.
Donated cards will then be upcycled by volunteers into new greetings cards to raise vital funds for the Charity. Printwaste, who specialise in shredding and recycling will remove any waste including trimmings. The two organisations have been working together now for 6 years.
Christopher Robins, Head of Marketing, Printwaste said “By working together with Cobalt for a sixth consecutive year, we can make the production of their greetings cards through recycling much more feasible. Christmas cards continue to be a great tradition. However they do generate a great deal of waste. Together with Cobalt and our customer base we can capitalise on a fantastic opportunity that not only benefits the environment through reuse but also raises vital funds for diagnostic imaging.”
Julia Jenkins, Head of Fundraising said “The upcycling of greetings cards is one of many fundraising activities that help us to continue to provide an essential state of the art diagnostic imaging service to local people in the three counties and beyond. The collection of cards last year was a great success, however waste paper weighing the equivalent of four family cars was generated. By teaming up with Printwaste we can ensure we’re doing our bit for the environment and not creating unnecessary household waste.”
The cards are great value starting from just 80p to £3 for a packet of notelets and are available from the Charity’s offices or at most of their events.