Re-cycle your unwanted Christmas trees and decorations

close up of a bauble on a christmas tree

As we all ‘deck the halls’ at home, Wigan Council and FCC Environment are calling on all residents in Wigan to put unwanted trees and decorations to good use

We all know what it’s like when the Christmas decorations come out – untangling the tinsel, fairy lights with bulbs on the blink, tired plastic trees that have seen better days; yet we want our homes to look festive for the season so this time of the year is often a time when its ‘out with the old and in with the new’.

So Wigan Council and its waste partner FCC Environment have announced that it is to collect unloved and old Christmas decorations for good causes.

If you head down to one of the three Household Waste Recycling Centres at Slag Lane, Chanters and Kirkless during December, there will be a container where you can put decorations that still have some life in them for donation to local charities who support those in need to help them spruce up their spaces.

And for all the decorations that really are past their best, FCC Environment will ensure that what can be recycled is sent for recycling and what cannot be reused, upcycled or recycled, will be disposed of responsibly.

“We always get lots of unwanted decorations through our sites at this time of the year“ commented FCC Environment Contract Manager Barry Elder. “So it’s really exciting to be able to give them a new lease of life where we can.” 

Councillor Carl Sweeney, Cabinet Member for the Environment from Wigan Council, said: “Decorating your home is such an important part of Christmas these days and this year, more than ever, we are making sustainable choices which is great but there is a huge volume of unwanted decorations that find their way to our sites so it’s good to know they will go to some use. So, we would encourage residents to take decorations that are in great condition to a local charity shop or, if it’s easier, bring them in to us and we will put them to good use as part of The Deal, helping us to recycle more, recycle right.”

 Visit your local Household Waste and Recycling Centre:

Kirkless, Makerfield Way, Higher Ince, WN2 2PR Slag Lane, Leigh, WA3 1BZ Chanters Industrial Estate, Atherton, M46 9FF

Please check the wide range of items that can be recycled before attending site, log on to for more information.

Opening hours, inc Bank Holidays:

Summer – everyday, 8am to 7:45pm (from last Sunday in March)

Winter – everyday, 9am to 5:45pm (from last Sunday in October)

Cars with or without a single axle trailer are accepted. Vans, pick-ups under 3.5 tonnes and twin-axle trailers require a permit. If using a hire vehicles. Please take hire documents and waste permit with you when visiting the centre. All sites have a 2m height restriction and 5mph speed limit.