NORTH Devon and Torridge District Council residents are being urged to consider the environment in their New Year resolutions by recycling their Christmas trees. Both councils are advising residents to either cut up their trees and put them in their gree

NORTH Devon and Torridge District Council residents are being urged to consider the environment in their New Year resolutions by recycling their Christmas trees. Both councils are advising residents to either cut up their trees and put them in their green waste bins for collection, or to take them to their local household waste recycling centre.Trees can be taken to centrers at Seven Brethren, Barnstaple; Killacleave, Ilfracombe, Maclins Quarry, South Molton; Caddsdown, Bideford; Deepmoor Torrington; and Anvil Corner, Holsworthy.And for people wanting to recycle their Christmas cards, the Woodland Trust and Recycle Now have teamed up with WH Smith, Tesco and Marks & Spencer to launch its annual charity Christmas Card Recycling Scheme.Each of the stores is providing collection bins for cards throughout January, and this year the scheme hopes to raise funds to plant 24,000 trees by collecting 100 million cards.Last year, 93 million cards were collected, enough to enable the charity to plant 22,000 trees - or a forest the size of 44 football pitches!Sue Holden, chief executive of the Woodland Trust, which has collected 443 million cards since the scheme began 10 years ago, said: "Everyone who supports the Trust by recycling their cards is helping us to plant thousands of new trees throughout the UK."Fridey Cordingley from Recycle Now, added: "Christmas is a time when we all create too much waste - usually more than three million tonnes. "Recycling Christmas cards for the Woodland Trust is a simple way to help reduce this and help a worthwhile cause at the same time. "So if you are off to the sales or to exchange that unwanted Christmas gift, don't forget to take your cards with you and pop them in your nearest recycling box.