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Recycling Christmas Lights

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Although winter days are short, and darkness commandeers most of the evening, neighborhoods are anything but dim this time of year. It's the season for Christmas lights!!


Whether clear, colored, indoor, or outdoor, these strands of cheery lights illuminate a holiday wonderland across the country.

Now, I think most of us can relate to the following scenario:


It's time to put up Christmas lights, and you excitedly take the strand from the storage box, unwind it, find the nearest power outlet, plug it in, and...nothing happens. You take it out, try it again, and...nothing. You check individual bulbs to make sure they aren't loose, but it's no use. Relieved that you tested the strand before embarking on a much lengthier task, you gather the dysfunctional lights, and head for the garage.


Now the question is: What should you do with the lights?


Unfortunately, we see many light strands put in single-stream recycling bins along with plastic bottles, aluminum cans, and so on. The bad news is that these lights aren't recyclable in curbside recycling programs. But wait, there's good news! There are programs available that recycle Christmas lights.



Lowe's home stores offer convenient receptacles to drop off old holiday lights for recycling, or you can also ship your lights to HolidayLEDs.com.


If you know of other recycling solutions for Christmas lights, we'd love to hear from you!

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  • Rachel Steward Tuesday, 23 December 2014

    Recycling is a great thing, but we have to try to reuse before that. We should trying to fix the lights before throw them away!

  • Midwest Fiber Tuesday, 23 December 2014

    That is a great point Rachel! If something can be reused before being recycled, that's always a good way to reduce waste.

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Public sector investment in local recycling programs pays great dividends by creating private sector jobs. For every job collecting recyclables, there are 26 jobs in processing the materials and manufacturing them into new products.

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