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Reminder to Recycle Your Christmas Tree

Press release   •   Jan 09, 2014 12:58 GMT

Residents of Rochdale borough are reminded that there are only a few days left to recycle their real Christmas trees.

The council’s 23 sites will be take old firs, spruce and pines for recycling until 17 January.

Councillor Jacqui Beswick, Cabinet Member for Place and Regulation, at Rochdale Borough Council, said: “Around six million real Christmas trees* are bought each year in the UK, but unfortunately many of these are just thrown away at the end of the festive season, even though they can all be recycled.

“After removing all the decorations and the pot, real trees can be taken to one of 23 sites in the borough so residents can be assured that none of the trees collected will go to waste as they are all turned into compost.”

Last year, more than 4,000 trees weighing around 14.5 tonnes went from people’s living rooms to a local recycling facility.

Christmas trees can be dropped off at either of the borough’s two recycling centres at Chichester Street in Rochdale and Springvale in Middleton and also, locations in:


  • Gordon Riggs Garden Centre, Kingsway
  • Bolton Road (open space near Manley Road)
  • Norden Bus Terminus Play Area, Edenfield Road
  • Norden Road, Bamford (opposite shopping precinct)
  • All-in-One Garden Centre, Manchester Road, Castleton
  • Bentley Street, opposite Clarence Street, spare ground
  • Balderstone Park, Kirkholt
  • Caldershaw Road, open ground near school


  • Hopwood Recreation Ground, Middleton Road
  • Darnhill, Sutherland Road (car park area by shops)
  • Queen’s Park car park
  • Bank Top/Cherwell Avenue (open space)


  • Alkrington Woods car park
  • Kirkway (just off Grimshaw Lane)
  • Boarshaw Road Open Space
  • Truffet Park, Bowness Road
  • Hollins car park area


  • Halifax Road, Smallbridge (off Howarth green)
  • Hollingworth Lake Visitor Centre
  • Hare Hill park car park
  • Wildhouse Lane (layby)
  • Milnrow memorial park (car park)

Unfortunately, due to the combination of materials used to make an artificial tree they cannot be recycled. However, if it is still in good condition why not ask friends and family, advertise it on an exchange website or donate it to charity so someone else can use it.

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