A supermarket has come up with a new way to get rid of your Christmas cards while helping the environment.

Sainsbury's Potters Bar is providing an in-store Christmas car recycling service to support the Forest Stewardship Council UK (FSC UK) to help protect the world’s forests.

A collection point has been installed at the front of the store, as well as in more than 1,000 Sainsbury's stores throughout the UK, and are the place for shoppers to deposit their cards.

Store manager Karen Staples said: "We’ve always had a brilliant response from customers and we hope to collect even more cards this year.

"The recycling initiative is a great way to support the invaluable work of the FSC and help customers to tackle Christmas waste and put it to positive use."

Last year, customers donated more than 98 tonnes of cards which helped reduce landfill waste.

Online customers can have their cards collected from their homes when they receive their online shop and the initiative is open until January 8.