This post is part of an attempt to do something like 100 recycling tips for damn near anything in something close to, anyway, 100 days. We’ll see how that goes. When the 100 Recycling Tips are all published here on Easy Ways to Go Green, we’ll do a master list so that every link exists on one single page for everyone to be able to link over to, or to use as a reference guide when questions on how to recycle different things in your life inevitably come up.
How to Recycle 100 Common Things: #17 Recycling Holiday and Christmas Cards
It’s the holidays again. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Kwanzaa or Hanukkah, chances are you receive at least a few holiday greeting cards. Made from paper, often coated, typically loaded with ink or glitter, foil or felt decoration, we want to know if Christmas and holiday cards are recyclable. Can they just be tossed in the regular paper recycling bin with the rest of the items like cardboard and newspaper? Are there any crafty ways to do the recycling yourself?
Upwards of 2.5 billion Christmas cards alone are manufactured each year, so this is no small matter concerning the recycling of these items. There are several services out there that do the recycling of old holiday cards as business ventures — you simply have to cut the backs off the cards you have received, and then mail them off to these charitable businesses. Or if you are so inclined, use this year’s Christmas cards for next year’s holiday present tags. Or use them for “Christmas or holiday post cards.”
This one takes a bit of effort. Remove the felt, glitter, metallic foil and any other non-paper item that you can from the card face. If you are not going to do a craft re-use of your Christmas cards, then you simply bin them with the rest of the paper recycling after you’ve groomed the old cards up a bit. Or just send them to St. Jude’s Ranch Christmas Card Recycling Program.
Helpful Links on Recycling Holiday and Christmas Cards:
Search by “Holiday Cards” and “Your City Name or Zip Code” at Earth 911 and find the closest recycling center near you.
Check out our Handy Recycling and Re-Use Guide for Holiday Cards, here on Easy Ways to Go Green from last year.
Quick Tip on Recycle Now for Christmas Card recycling.
An article on Christmas Card recycling and reuse on eHow.
The Woodland Trust in the UK will recycle your old Christmas cards.
Squidoo Lens on buying eco-friendly Christmas cards and starting off right with cards made from recycled paper.
Here’s a list of the Charities that Recycle Christmas Cards.