Bin collections for festive season in Manchester

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Manchester City Council is encouraging residents to find out when their bins collections will take place over the festive period and to make a concerted effort to recycle as much as possible.

This year the residents’ bins will be emptied one day later than the usual collection date which means there will be a bin collection on Saturday 31 December, and collection days return to normal service from 1 January 2023. 

The new dates are as follows: 
Monday 26 December collections move to Tuesday 27 December 
Tuesday 27 December collections move to Wednesday 28 December 
Wednesday 28 December collections move to Thursday 29 December 
Thursday 29 December collections move to Friday 30 December 
Friday 30 December collections move to Saturday 31 December  

Cardboard should be flattened, and paper should be put in your blue recycling bin, but any plastic packaging, bubble wrap and polystyrene should be put into the grey general waste bin.  

Although most greetings cards and wrapping paper can be recycled in the blue recycling bin, they must be made from paper entirely, otherwise any wrapping made from foil or with plastic coatings or glitter for example must go into the grey general waste bin. 

Real Christmas trees can be recycled in January if all the decorations, wooden bases or stands and lights are removed. Residents need to leave the tree next to the green bin on any of the green bin collection days in January or take it to the local tip or Household Waste Recycling Centre. However, other arrangements are possible for people living in flats or apartments. See the web page for details. 

Alternatively, the Charity Just Helping will come and collect real trees from your home, if you live in these post code areas: M1, M2, M3, M4, M13, M14, M15, M16, M19, M20, M21, M22 and M23 in return for a small donation to St Ann’s Hospice, that they will arrange. Bookings should be made before midnight on 8 January 2023 and collection days will run from 12 January to 15 January 2023. These trees Just Helping collect will be recycled as bark chippings and used in local parks. 

And don’t forget the Christmas food leftovers, including meat bones, which can be put in your green bin, container or box. Please make sure all packaging is removed. Don’t forget that the foil trays from pies can be recycled with any other foil in your brown recycling bin.  

Tips in Manchester are free for all residents to use and are open from 8am to 6pm, every day except Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.  

Longley Lane, Sharston, M22 4RQ 
Reliance Street, Manchester, M40 3EZ 
Sandfold Lane, Manchester, M19 3BJ 

All the information on bins and recycling bins including what to recycle and where is available on the council’s website:  

Councillor Lee- Ann Igbon, executive Member for Vibrant Neighbourhoods said: 

 “We all know that there is so much additional waste created during the festive period. Cards, wrapping paper, cardboard boxes and additional food scraps are just some of the things we have in excess at Christmas so we would encourage residents to recycle as much as possible in their blue, brown and green bins so that we can all play a part in helping the city to become a zero-carbon city by 2038.”   

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