A Guide to Safely Recycling Unwanted Christmas Lights

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As the holiday season has once again drawn to a close, many North Carolina and South Carolina families are inevitably discovering that they have Christmas lights they no longer want or need. Perhaps, for example, your family invested in new LED strands during a post-Christmas sale, so you don’t need your older lights anymore. Or, maybe you’ve decided to downsize your holiday decorations and you have extra strands you don’t want to store.

No matter what your situation is, the most important thing is to safely recycle any unwanted Christmas lights you have laying around. Throwing them in the trash to go to your local landfill isn’t a good idea. Not only can the lights pose a hazard to sanitary department workers if they break, but they can harm wildlife and have other negative effects on the environment. Here, you’ll learn how to get rid of your lights the right way.

Contact your municipal solid waste department

Different cities and counties throughout the Carolinas have unique rules and regulations regarding Christmas light disposal. You may find, for instance, that your town’s solid waste department has a drop-off day specifically set aside for unwanted Christmas lights. Solid waste departments across both North Carolina and South Carolina will make sure light strands are disposed of in a proper and safe fashion.

Ship unwanted lights to Holiday LEDs

Holiday LEDs is a purveyor of Christmas lights that offers a mail-in recycling program. They will appropriately dispose of any lights that are shipped to them and, in return, send coupons for 15% off the purchase of any lights from their e-commerce website. The address for Holiday LEDs is 13400 Watertown Plank Rd., Suite 34, Elm Grove, WI 53122.

Ship unwanted lights to Christmas Light Source

Christmas Light Source is another seller that offers a mail-in recycling program. The Dallas-based company receives a small sum of money in exchange for the lights they provide to a local recycling company; the process is similar to turning-in aluminum cans to your local recycling department. One perk of choosing to send your unwanted lights to Christmas Light Source is that they donate all proceeds to the U.S. Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots program. Your lights should be shipped to 4313 Elmwood Drive, Benbrook, TX 76116.

Contact local women’s shelters

Domestic violence shelters are often in need of donations, including Christmas lights and other holiday decorations. These allow the staff members and volunteers who work in shelters to make their spaces look cheerful and festive for the holidays without digging into their limited budgets. If you aren’t sure how to get in-touch with any of the women’s shelters in your Carolina region, do some online research, contact your religious organization, or call the Chamber of Commerce for assistance.

Hopefully one of these recycling methods will appeal to you if you have unwanted Christmas lights in your household. Remember that throwing light strands away is never the best option. We wish you and your family the happiest of holiday seasons for years to come!

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