Christmas tree recycling

Real Christmas trees can be recycled after you have finished using them. It can be recycled into compost, just like your food and garden waste.

How to recycle your real Christmas tree

There are a number of ways in which you can recycle your real Christmas tree.

Put your real Christmas tree in your green bin

  • Remove all the decorations, base or support blocks. If the base or support blocks are in good condition, you can reuse them. Alternatively, you can put the base or support blocks in your grey bin.
  • Chop your Christmas tree into small, manageable pieces
  • Place your chopped real tree into the green bin. Please ensure the lid of your bin closes
  • We no longer collect trees presented beside your green bin

Take your real Christmas tree to a collection point

If you cannot place your tree in your green bin, you can take it to a collection point. Collection points are open from Saturday 2 January until Monday 18 January. You can drop your real tree at the following locations:

  • Cross Lane Park Car Park – Moss Lane
  • Flixton Park Car Park – Flixton Road
  • Hullard Park Yard – Northumberland Road
  • Longford Park Car Park – Rye Bank Road
  • Stamford Park Car Park – Stamford Park Road
  • Walkden Gardens Car Park – Derbyshire Road

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.

We will start collecting trees from Monday 4 January. The last day to drop off your real tree is Monday 18 January. Any trees left after this date will be classed as fly-tipping; this is an offence which can lead to a fine.

Take your Christmas tree to your local recycling centre

You can take your real Christmas tree to a recycling centre. Visit Recycle for Greater Manchester to find your nearest recycling centre.

You can also dispose of your artificial tree at the recycling centre in the general waste.

Donate your tree

You may wish to donate your tree to St Ann’s Hospice, thorough Just Helping who support over 50 hospices nationwide.

St Ann's Hospice volunteers are collecting real Christmas trees for recycling in early January in the following postcodes WA14, WA15, M32, M33. A voluntary contribution is welcomed but is not compulsory.

To do this, register your real Christmas tree before Sunday 10 January. From Thursday 14 January, hospice volunteers will collect the tree from your home. Trees will be chipped and used by local grounds teams.