New Forest residents are being encouraged to recycle more as a new campaign to promote greater recycling of paper is launched.Statistics suggest that households in the New Forest recycle a smaller proportion of paper and card than elsewhere in Hampshire. While the reasons for this are unknown, New Forest District Council is launching a four-week publicity campaign to remind residents about what types of paper can be recycled and how and where it can be done.

Almost any paper or card product can be included in your clear kerbside recycling sack, from newspapers, magazines and catalogues to envelopes (even with windows), cereal boxes, greeting cards, and telephone directories.

Paper is one of the easiest materials to recycle, and is a very valuable product. It takes as little as seven days for paper to be reprocessed into a new product, meaning your recycled newspapers and magazines could be making the news again within a week!

Councillor Edward Heron, New Forest District Council’s portfolio holder for the environment, said: “I’m certain that New Forest residents will respond to this challenge to increase the volume of paper recycled in the district. Living somewhere like the New Forest, we’re all aware of the beauty of trees, so reducing the number that need to be felled globally for new paper is clearly something we all can relate to.

“It’s one of the easiest things we can all do and will save money as well as help the environment by reducing carbon footprint.”

A number of roadshows will be taking place during the campaign, giving residents the opportunity to ask any questions about paper recycling, or indeed any recycling issues. To find an event near you, visit newforest.gov.uk/recyclingandrubbish