Christmas Tree Recycling

After being such an important part of the festive period, your Christmas tree definitely deserves a proper send off.

Don’t throw your Christmas tree in your general waste bin – no matter if it’s real or artificial – there are a number of ways to recycle it in Greater Manchester. Read on to make sure you know how to recycle your tree.

Real Christmas trees

Before recycling your Christmas tree please:

  1. Remove all decorations and fairy lights
  2. Take off the base or wooden block if your tree has one

Depending on where you live, you might be able to recycle your real tree at home – check your local council’s service and advice.

You can put some real Christmas trees in your food and garden bin at home. If you’re going to recycle your tree this way, make sure you cut it up first. The other thing to remember is that your tree trunk can’t be any thicker than your wrist. You can take large trunks and wooden bases to your local recycling centres.

Looking for local drop off points? You can take your Christmas tree to any of the 20 recycling centres in Greater Manchester for free. Just make sure you transport your tree safely. If you’re planning on using a van, pick-up truck or a twin-axle trailer to dispose of your tree, you need to apply for a permit.

Donate it to charity – JustHelping

JustHelping will collect the tree from your home and recycle it to raise money for hospices and charities.

Collections are available in Bury, Manchester, Tameside, Stockport, Salford, and Trafford.

Register your tree for collection.

Artificial Christmas trees

Thinking of reusing your artificial tree next year? That’s great! You just need to remove any decorations and fairy lights and store it well back into the box.

If you don’t need your tree anymore, you can bring it to your local recycling centre as long as it doesn’t have any lights attached. If it’s in good condition, place it in the donation container to help stock our Renew shops where preloved household items are sold at an affordable price. You can also look for other donation points such as your local charity shops.