Paul Crewe: How to recycle your Christmas cards at Sainsbury’s

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We all love to receive Christmas cards from friends, colleagues and loved ones – but come January many of us are left wondering what to do with them. That’s where we come in.

To help customers put their old cards to good use, our annual Christmas card recycling facilities are back, giving customers the opportunity to recycle greetings cards in over a 1,000 Sainsbury’s stores until Monday 9 January. Not only will your cards be recycled, but we’ll also make a donation to Forest Stewardship Council UK (FSC UK) based on the volume of cards donated.

Once again, we’ll be extending the service to online shoppers, meaning anyone who places an order through our groceries online website can have their cards collected by one of our colleagues when their shopping is delivered. We’ll then make sure these are returned to the store by our delivery driver to be recycled.

Last year, following a successful campaign, customers dropped 98 tonnes of cards into our recycling points and this year we aim to collect even more cards. We hope that the scheme will not only reduce the amount of household waste going to landfill, but also support FSC UK and their work to protect the world’s forests through a charity donation, based on the amount of cards we receive.

Card recycling points can be found in most Sainsbury’s stores, while customers who shop in some of our larger stores can also recycle broken or unwanted Christmas lights.

For more information about FSC UK visit

Paul Crewe, Sainsbury’s Head of Sustainability, Engineering & Energy