By Mancunian Matters staff
As the decorations come down and people return to work, residents in Manchester are being encouraged to recycle their real Christmas trees.
And Manchester City Council has made it even easier this year, by announcing that trees will be collected as part of the regular rounds for food and garden waste.
All they have to do is leave them outside next to their green waste bins and food caddies during any of their January collection days.
Alternatively trees can be taken to any of Manchester's three household waste and recycling centres, at Longley Lane in Sharston, Reliance Street in Newton Heath or Sandfold Lane in Levenshulme.
The trees will then be used to create fertiliser for agricultural land across the North West.
Residents are being asked to make sure the trees don't obstruct pavements, and are also being reminded that all glass and plastic bottles along with cans from New Year's Eve parties can be placed in their brown bins as normal.
Collection dates will return to normal from Monday 9 January, after a slight change during the Christmas break, so residents are being asked to check their calendars.
Cllr Nigel Murphy, Manchester City Council's Executive Member for the Environment, said: "In past years, Mancunians have taken their trees to the local parks to be collected for recycling.
"Residents have been very enthusiastic about doing this, with hundreds of tons of trees collected, but there's no need for residents to do that this year"
Anyone who doesn't already have a green garden bin or food caddy and wants to apply for one free of charge - or anyone who isn't sure when their green bin is due to be collected - should visit www.manchester.gov.uk/recycling, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0161 234 5004.