Rt Hon Lord Lilley





    Peter Lilley, MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, is supporting the creation of new woodland by recycling his Christmas cards.

    He said: “Like many MPs, I receive hundreds of cards and it always seems such a waste to throw them away with the rubbish. This year, I am passing them on to the Woodland Trust for recycling.

    “The Trust has recently announced plans to establish the largest new woodland in Britain near Sandridge in my constituency, and the money raised from reusing the cards helps to finance the planting of thousands of trees.

    “The cards collected by the Trust are taken to paper mills and turned into new products such as tissue paper, photocopy paper and corrugated cardboard. Last year, more than 70 million cards were recycled which enabled the Trust to plant 17,000 trees.

    “That’s a far better use for old cards than adding to the country’s landfill sites. It’s a positive and environmentally sensible thing to do.”

    Collection bins for cards can be found throughout January at branches of WH Smith, Tesco, Marks and Spencer, and TK Maxx.

    Attached is a pic of Peter Lilley to accompany the story.


    Further information from John Allen