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How to recycle your Christmas tree

Real Christmas trees

Depending on where you live, you might be able to recycle your real tree at home. Everyone living in Greater Manchester can take their Christmas trees to any of the Recycling Centres for free.

Before you recycle your Chrismas tree:

  1. Remove all decorations and fairy lights
  2. Take off the base or wooden block if your tree has one
  3. Make sure the trunk is not thicker than your wrist. Wood thicker than your wrist is too big and can’t be put in the garden and food bin. You can take large trunks and wooden bases to a Recycling Centre.
  4. Check your local council’s advice below or take the tree to your local Recycling Centre

Bolton council

You can pay £15 to get your Christmas tree collected and recycled. Call 01204 336 632 before 10th January to book your collection. You can also have your tree collected as part of a bulky waste collection and your tree would count as on of the 5 items for £32.

You can also recycle your tree in your green food and garden bin if you chop it into pieces. The pieces must not be thicker than your wrist.

Bury council

You can recycle your tree in your brown food and garden bin if you chop it into pieces. The pieces must not be thicker than your wrist.

Manchester City council

Just leave your tree next to your green food and garden bin when you put your bin out for collection in January. If you live in a flat you can arrange a collection.

Oldham council

You can recycle your tree in your green food and garden bin if you chop it into pieces. The pieces must not be thicker than your wrist. There are also Christmas tree drop off points open across Oldham from 28th December 2019 to 17th January 2020.

You can drop your real tree at the following locations:

Rochdale council

You can recycle your tree in your brown food and garden bin if you chop it into pieces. The pieces must not be thicker than your wrist. There are also Christmas tree recycling points open across the borough from 1st January to 2nd January.

Salford City council

You can recycle your tree in your pink lidded black food and garden bin if you chop it into pieces. The pieces must not be thicker than your wrist. Make sure the lid of the bin is fully closed.

Stockport council

You can recycle your tree in your green food and garden bin if you chop it into pieces. The pieces must not be thicker than your wrist.

Tameside council

You can recycle your tree in your brown food and garden bin if you chop it into pieces. The pieces must not be thicker than your wrist. Or just leave your tree next to your food and garden bin when you put your bin out for collection.

Trafford council

You can recycle your tree in your green food and garden bin if you chop it into pieces. The pieces must not be thicker than your wrist. There are also Christmas tree collection points open across the borough from 4th January to 13th January.

You can drop your real tree at the following locations:

A designated area will be cordoned off in each of the listed locations.
Ensure you have removed all the decorations, base or support blocks before taking your tree to a collection point.

Artificial Christmas trees

If you’ve got an artificial tree that is beyond reuse, you can take it to your nearest Recycling Centre for disposal.

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