Local medical charity 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 Friday 4 January to Friday 18 January.
Businesses and the general public will be invited to bring cards along in carrier bags or a cardboard box to the Charity at Linton House, Thirlestaine Road, Cheltenham where collection points will be set up and clearly marked. Printwaste will also be providing office friendly collection bins for their customers and have more bins available for companies wanting to join in and help Cobalt.
Donated cards will 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 7 years.
Christopher Robins, Marketing Executive, Printwaste said “This will be the seventh year ourselves and our customers have taken part in supporting the upcycling of greetings cards for Cobalt. Christmas cards are a lovely tradition but they do generate a lot of waste, with approximately 1 billion Christmas cards ending up in people’s waste bin come January – the equivalent of 33 million trees. Here at Printwaste, our mission is to ensure this material doesn’t end up in landfill, and instead gets transformed into other paper-based products through reuse and recycling, benefitting the environment and raising vital funds for the charity.”
Julia Jenkins, Head of Fundraising, Cobalt said “The upcycling of greetings cards is a fantastic fundraising activity that helps us to continue to provide an service of diagnostic imaging to local people in the three counties and beyond. Last year was a great success. By teaming up with Printwaste we were able to save the equivalent weight of over four family cars going to landfill in waste paper”.
The cards are great value starting at a suggested donation of just 80p to £3 for a packet of notelets and are available from the Charity’s offices or at most of their events.
Watch our video of how the cards are made – https://cobalthealth.wistia.com/medias/ya7v1trpv6