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Recycle Your Christmas Cheer

It’s time to dismantle the festive trim around the office and home – and to consider recycling old Christmas cards, calendars and greeting cards.

Maree Bakker and Annie Beecroft from the Sustainability Section of the Environment Division are asking all DEPHA staff to donate cards and other festive materials for use in various craft projects throughout the year.

"We are teaching people about sustainability and we will be reusing cards and calendars to make new cards, gift boxes and more," Maree says.

Both Annie and Maree worked with the Tasmanian Climate Change Office to set up the ‘Earn Your Stars at Christmas’ display in the Service Tasmania shopfront window in Hobart.

"The display urged everyone to think about the environmental impact of activities during the festive season and beyond," Maree says.

"For example, it asked people to think about food miles, energy efficiency, sustainable gifts, transport and waste."

"Many of the items used in the display were made reusing waste materials and they will be re-used and recycled throughout 2009."

"We are always on the look-out for materials to reuse and recycle and would really appreciate all donations of cards or calendars from DEPHA staff," Maree says.

"And if there are some donations that we cannot use, we will be happy to have them recycled through Planet Ark."

Maree and Annie will be putting their reuse and recycling skills into practice at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery next week, taking school holiday program classes on paper making and paper-craft using waste papers.

Also early in February, as part of the TMAG’s Teacher Enrichment Week, they will be conducting a session that encourages teachers and their students to incorporate making less waste in their classroom learning and daily practices in the school setting.

All cards, calendars and gift paper can be given or sent to Maree or Annie on the 6th Floor of the Lands Building, 134 Macquarie Street Hobart.

Alternatively they can be dropped off to the Environment Division 7th floor reception.