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Top Tips to Recycle around the Christmas tree!

Press Release   •   Dec 02, 2013 14:53 GMT

Recycling may not be top of your Christmas list, but that doesn’t matter because Recycle for Greater Manchester has their very own Christmas hints and tips list to help residents to waste less and recycle more over the festive season.

What’s more, to spread a little Christmas cheer, there are prizes hidden in the Recycle around the Christmas tree calendar.

In the Christmas rush it can be easy to forget about how much we spend and waste, so Recycle for Greater Manchester’s top tips will  give a little reminder, to help residents’  to reduce, re-use and recycle, as well as save money.

Any half eaten mince pies and carrots that Father Christmas and his reindeers don’t manage to eat (Santa does have to watch his waste too) can either be finished off by mums and dads, or recycled in the food and garden waste recycling bin.

Recycling doesn’t have to be a chore and can be fitted around the festivities. Tips include where to donate old bikes and toys, freezing leftovers and making tasty recipes with all that leftover turkey to see you through to the New Year, as well as where to recycle Christmas trees when it’s all over.

Tina Harding, Communications Officer from Recycle for Greater Manchester said: “Eight million Christmas trees will be bought this year in the UK, most of which will be thrown away generating over 160,000 tonnes of additional rubbish, that’s the same weight as approximately 500,000 reindeer! Our quick hints and tips unveiled in the baubles in our Christmas calendar really show how simple actions can save residents money,  proving that we can have  a very merry waste less Christmas.’”

We hope’s it’s a white Christmas with a green swoosh this year and you will be recycling around your Christmas tree!  And when it’s all over you may need a post Christmas tidy up, so head down to your local Recycling Centre which is open on Boxing Day, usual weekday opening hours from 8am -6pm, except for Salford Road which is open from 10am- 4pm on Boxing Day.

Recycle for Greater Manchester’s recycle round the Christmas tree calendar can be found at   


Issued: 2 December 2013.

Notes to Editors

Recycle for Greater Manchester is a partnership between Viridor Laing (Greater Manchester) Limited (VLGM) and the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority (GMWDA), encouraging all residents of Greater Manchester to reduce, re-use and recycle more and help reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill.

The Greater Manchester zero waste initiative will save around 286,000 tonnes of CO2 per year.

Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority (GMWDA) provides recycling and waste disposal services for 1,009,815 households in Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside and Trafford. It handles around 5% of national municipal waste.

Viridor Laing (Greater Manchester) Limited (VLGM)  is a joint venture company owned by Viridor, a subsidiary of Pennon Group PLC, and John Laing PLC, who have come together to deliver a 25 year Recycling and Waste Management Contract.

VLGM provides facilities and services to manage householders waste in an environmentally and economically sustainable manner. This involves the reception, treatment and disposal of waste to increase levels of recycling, composting and recovery and reduce waste sent to landfill.