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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 01204336632 before Friday 11th January to book your collection.

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. If you live in a flat, you can contact Manchester City council to arrange 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. You can also take your tree to one of the following drop off points between 28th December and 17th January:

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. Or just leave your tree next to your food and garden bin when you put your bin out for collection. There are also Christmas tree recycling points open across the borough from 1st January to 13th 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 from 7th January.

Trafford council
Leave your tree next to your green food and garden bin when you put your bin out for collection. If your tree is over 6ft, please cut it down to a manageable size. You do not need a garden waste permit to recycle your Christmas tree.

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.

Recycle for Greater Manchester