Manchester first UK city to have recycled eco Christmas lights

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THIS year’s new Christmas lights in Manchester city centre are largely biodegradable and have been made from recycled materials.

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.

This amounts to 22 miles of LEDs that would stretch from Manchester city centre unbroken to Burnley town centre.

Cllr 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.

“Yet another excuse to visit Manchester this festive season.”

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 aluminium.

The majority of the decorations will be made using special 3D printing robots.