Recycle Your Holiday Lights

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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:

Looking for a local recycling option? Search “string lights” at

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.