Manchester promotes recycling in Christmas activities

Manchester is the first UK city to have recycled eco Christmas Lights in its festive celebrations, with the city centre lights largely biodegradable and made from recycled materials.

Manchester City Council says that the bioprint range of lights will include 360,000 low energy LEDs installed to 126 trees across the city centre and a fully LED Christmas tree at the Cathedral. In total, this amounts to 22 miles of LEDs, with the majority of the decorations made using special 3D printing robots.

It is believed that Manchester is the first UK city to use a lighting scheme that is predominantly made from renewable materials, with organically sources raw material and recycled aluminum.

Pat Karney, Manchester’s Christmas spokesperson, said: “There is no Christmas without Christmas lights, so we thought we’d double down and get 360,000 of them - all low energy and made from eco-friendly recycled materials. We’re particularly excited about the giant light sculptures that will be big enough to walk around and get that ever important Christmas selfie. Yet another excuse to visit Manchester this festive season.”