Christmas bin collection dates 2023 for every Greater Manchester borough

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Danny Jones Danny Jones - 20th December 2023

There’s a lot of admin involved in Christmas, especially when you want it to go off without a hitch, and sorting your bins out is one that often slips our mind, so that’s why we’ve put together a list of the full bin collection dates this holiday seasons across Greater Manchester this year.

Covering each of the region’s 10 boroughs, we’ve got the details on when your local council will come and collect your rubbish and in what order. There’s nothing more colourful and quintessentially British than homes dripping in fairy lights and decorations with the full bin rainbow lined up out front.

With that in mind, let’s not waste any more time — here’s the full list of Manchester bin collection dates for Christmas 2023:

Manchester (central)

Manchester City Council has confirmed that this year’s bin collection dates will be shuffled to a couple of days later than usual, so rather than rubbish being collected on Monday, 25 December (Christmas Day), the collections will instead be taking place on Wednesday, 27 December.

New Year’s week collection days will also move forward by one day, meaning bins that would have been collected on New Year’s Day will now be picked up 24 hours later on Tuesday, 2 January and so on until Saturday, 6 January.


Bin collections will then return to the normal schedule from Monday, 8 January 2024. They have also given full details on where to dispose of real Christmas trees HERE.


Grey, green and blue bin collections will change to be a day later than usual, i.e. rather than being on Tuesday, 26 December, the bins will now collected on the Wednesday, according to the council.


As for bins normally expected to be emptied on Wednesday, December 27; the same rule applies and they will now be picked up on Thursday — so on and so forth up until Saturday, 30 December.


Next up is you Boltonians, the local authorities have made things nice and easy for you by putting together a full schedule of the usual and revised bin collection dates for you to follow.

bolton council bin collection dates christmas 2023 greater manchester

Christmas trees can also be taken to the tip and put in the green waste or collected by the council themselves for just £10 — just call 01204 336 632 before Thursday, 11 January 11 to arrange a date. They are also reminding people not to dispose of batteries and instead recycle them at supermarkets.



Over in Oldham, it has been confirmed that there will be no bin collections on Boxing Day this year (Monday, 26 December) and if your refuse is usually due to be picked up on that day you will be given an earlier allocation.

Most bins will be emptied on Christmas Eve, (Saturday, 24 December) and the council are asking residents to put out their bin blue, brown or grey bins on the same day that are usually due for collection, with the green food and garden waste bins set to be emptied on Monday, 2 January.

Once again, if you’re unsure, you can always find the exact collection dates for your postcode HERE or call 0161 770 6644.


The next borough on the list is Rochdale and while there will obviously be no bin collections on Christmas Day and if you are scheduled to have any bins collected on Boxing Day, these will instead be collected on Saturday, 30 December.

Collection days will run as normal from Wednesday to Friday (27-29) and the schedule will return to normal from Tuesday, 2 January 2024.



If you’re in Salford this festive period, the bin men won’t be coming on Tuesday, 26 December and the replacement will be on Saturday, 23 December instead.

You can double-check your bin collection day HERE and for any local businesses, you can find details of any and all collection changes on the council website.

Salford City Council are also apologising for any delays in collecting pink lidded bins and food caddies due to operational staff issues over the Christmas period but has assured that if you place it out again on your next scheduled collection day.


There are no collections on Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Year’s Day in Stockport and there will also be no green bins collected until Saturday, December 30.

You can check your collection calendar for details of when your waste and recycling are scheduled to be collected over the festive period or check it online HERE.


This year Stockport Council has also teamed up with St Anne’s Hospice Christmas for their tree collection service, you simply have to fill out a registration form. Handy and helpful.


As for Tameside Metropolitan Borough, they made things nice and easy for you with a quick and accessible graphic too.

Councillor Denise Ward said: “I would like to offer my own and the council’s thanks to all residents who make the effort to recycle. By doing so you’re helping the environment by keeping the amount of waste sent to landfill to a minimum.”

“Last, but certainly not least, I want to thank our bin crews who work so hard not only over Christmas, but throughout the year and in all weathers.”


There are a few changes if you live over Trafford way as well, but they’ve kept things straightforward in terms of the scheduling.

Normal bin collection dayNew bin collection day
Monday, 25 DecemberWednesday, 27 December
Tuesday, 26 DecemberThursday, 28 December
Wednesday, 27 DecemberThursday, 28 December
Thursday, 28 DecemberFriday, 29 December
Friday, 29 DecemberN/A
Monday 1 JanuaryTuesday, 2 January
Tuesday, 2 JanuaryWednesday, 3 January
Wednesday, 3 JanuaryThursday, 4 January
Thursday, 4 JanuaryFriday, 5 January
Friday, 5 JanuarySaturday, 6 January

Credit: Trafford City Council


Last but not least, bin collection in Wigan will be nudged one day later between Boxing Day and Saturday, December 30.

Green bin collections will also be suspended from Boxing Day until Friday, 5 January 2024 before resuming as normal on the week commencing Monday, January 8.

Recycling centres will also be closed on all the main days this holiday season but will be open from 9am to 5:45pm in between if you need to get rid of some stuff between Christmas and New Year’s.

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And that’s your lot — remember: recycle properly and as much as you can but, most of all, thank your bin workers at this time of year especially.

Merry Christmas!


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