Manchester City Council want to make sure that no-one misses a bin collection over Christmas and New Year, so here’s a reminder of when rubbish and recycling will be collected over the holiday period.

If your normal collection day is a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday there’ll be no change. For anyone with a Thursday or Friday collection, bins will be collected two days later than usual in Christmas week, and one day later at New Year.

Normal collection day:                         Temporary change:         

Monday 22 December 2014                        No change

Tuesday 23 December 2014                       No change

Wednesday 24 December 2014                 No change

Thursday 25 December 2014                     Saturday 27 December 2014

Friday 26 December 2014                          Sunday 28 December 2014

Monday 29 December 2014                       No change

Tuesday 30 December 2014                      No change

Wednesday 31 December 2014                No change

Thursday 1 January 2015                          Friday 2 January 2015        

Friday 2 January 2015                               Saturday 3 January 2015

Download your collection calendar

Real Christmas Trees

If you’re having a real tree this year you can recycle that too by simply leaving the tree NEXT TO your green bin on any of your normal green bin collection days in January 2015 – making sure it doesn’t block the pavement. Please remove the wooden block from the base, if your tree had one.

General Recycling

We all end up with extra rubbish over Christmas so make sure you recycle as much as you can.

All glass and plastic bottles, cranberry sauce or mayonnaise jars, drink cans, used tin foil and foil trays from mince pies can be put into the brown bin.

Christmas cards, newspapers, magazines, drinks cartons and cardboard boxes should go into the blue bin. You can also recycle all your wrapping paper (but not the foil type wrap please),

Please remember however, that yoghurt pots, plastic toys, plastic carrier bags and cling film cannot be recycled in Manchester.

Food waste from the Christmas dinner, including vegetable peelings, turkey bones, and pieces of leftover pudding should be collected in residents’ kitchen caddies – using the free compostable liners provided – before being left outside for collection in the large green wheelie bins with garden waste, or the small green bins for food waste only.

However, the Christmas food shop can be made to last longer by using leftovers to create tasty new dishes. Imaginative recipes for turning cooked turkey meat into a spicy curry, or even transforming Christmas pudding into ice cream, can be found at either or

If you haven’t got all the available recycling bins, order them now (free of charge) online . If you live in a block of flats, apartments, halls of residence or sheltered accommodation, please check with your building manager to find out where the recycling bins are, and what arrangements are in place for Christmas Tree recycling.