Holiday lights recycling
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.
- Christmas-Light-Source.com external link - Mail-in recycling program – Sender pays postage.
- HolidayLEDs.com external link – Mail-in recycling program – Sender pays postage.
- McLendon Hardware external link – All 7 Puget Sound area locations external link .
- Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium and Girl Scouts of Western Washington program – Bellevue, Seattle, Tacoma and other locations external link (scroll down, and click on Recycle your lights). Program runs Nov. 23 through Jan. 12. Locations at Girl Scouts offices closed Dec. 22–Jan. 6; Call ahead at 800-541-9852 to check availability for those locations.
- Recycling Depot external link recycling drop-off center in south Seattle.
- Uptekk external link recycling drop-off center in Pacific.
- West Seattle Recycling external link drop-off center.
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!
Learn more about eco-tastic holiday décor. And learn more about Christmas/holiday lights and how they are recycled in this Dec. 3, 2018 article external link by Seattle Times business reporter Benjamin Romano.