Lights for Life is a small non-profit that collects and recycles string lights (and other items that contain copper). They sell the copper for recycling and the proceeds are donated to a family that has a child battling cancer. (Some ACE Hardware stores serve as drop-off locations.)
There are several holiday light distributors that accept old string lights via mail. They recycle them and send you a coupon for 10 to 25 percent off purchases of new lights or holiday decorations.
For more information, visit these websites:
- Christmas Light Source – This company donates proceeds from the recycled lights to the Marine Toys for Tots program.
- Holiday LEDs
- Environmental LED
Looking for a local recycling option? Search “string lights” at Earth911.com.
The Home Depot has a Christmas Light Trade-In program each year in early November. In 2010, each string of lights was worth a $3 discount on any purchase. If this is the last year you’ll be using your old string lights, mark your calendar to check Home Depot’s website for details in October 2011.