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Do you have a pile of burned-out holiday lights? Are you replacing old holiday lights with energy-efficient LED (light-emitting diode) lights? Don't throw out your holiday lights - recycle them! Holiday lights recycling programs take your old light strands and recycle the copper wire inside them.

Several retailers and other organizations accept holiday lights for recycling. For drop-off programs, call first if possible to confirm they are taking the lights, to get more specific location information, and to see when the programs run.

  • Ace Hardware Maple Leaf external link neighborhood store in north Seattle. - No lights strings in boxes. If light strings have the old-style large bulbs, remove the bulbs.
  • Girl Scouts of Western Washington and Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium program – Bellevue, Seattle, Tacoma and other locations external link .
  • external link - Mail-in recycling program – Sender pays postage.
  • external link – Mail-in recycling program – Sender pays postage.
  • Lowe's external link home improvement stores, at customer service counters external link . Some Lowe's stores may not be participating in this program. Program ends 12/24/17.
  • McLendon Hardware external link – All 7 Puget Sound area locations external link .
  • Recology CleanScapes stores in Bothell, Burien (Highline), Issaquah and Shoreline.
  • Auburn area locations – a program of Ilalko Elementary School external link – call the school for more info. Program ends 1/17/18. Accepts all unwanted holiday light strands and extension cords, working or non-working.
    • Auburn businesses and organizations:
      • Auburn First United Methodist Church, 100 N St., Auburn, 98002
      • Auburn Valley YMCA, 1620 Perimeter Rd., Auburn, 98001
      • Avise Chiropractic, 4017 A St. SE., Auburn, 98002
      • City of Auburn Customer Service Center, 1 E. Main St. 2nd Fl., Auburn, 98002
      • City of Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation Building, 910 9th St SE, Auburn, 98002
      • City of Auburn Senior Center, 808 9th St. SE, Auburn, 98002
      • Haggen Food & Pharmacy, 1406 Lake Tapps Pkwy. E., Auburn, 98092
      • Lakeland Hills Homeowners' Association Community Center, 5801 Lakeland Hills Way, Auburn, 98092
    • Auburn schools:
      • Alpac Elementary School, 310 Milwaukee Blvd. N., Pacific, 98047
      • Auburn Mountainview High School, 28900 124th Ave. SE., Auburn, 98092
      • Auburn Riverside High School, 501 Oravetz Rd., Auburn, 98092
      • Hazelwood Elementary School, 11815 SE. 304th St., Auburn, 98092
      • Ilalko Elementary School, 301 Oravetz Pl. SE., Auburn, 98092
      • Lakeland Hills Elementary School, 1020 Evergreen Way SE., Auburn, 98092
      • Mt. Baker Middle School, 620 37th St. SE., Auburn, 98002
      • Terminal Park Elementary School, 1101 D St. SE., Auburn, 98002
      • Washington Elementary School, 20 E St. NE, Auburn, WA 98002

Other businesses and organizations may also offer holiday lights recycling programs. When shopping for new holiday lights at retailers, ask if they have a program. Thanks for recycling your holiday lights!

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