Donated Christmas cards recycled at County Hall or Chelmsford library will be weighed and funds will be donated by Essex County Council to Essex Scouting.

From 31 December cards can be dropped off and cards will be weighed at the end of January.

Essex County Council Chairman, Cllr Kay Twitchen has chosen Essex Scouts as her charity for this year, so proceeds from charitable collections like this will be passed on to Essex Scouts.

The collection boxes located at the reception desks in County Hall and one in Chelmsford Library are available to members of the public as well as staff members of Essex County Council.