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‘Tis The Season to Recycle Old Holiday Lights Through Denver’s New Drop-Off Program!

 

With Thanksgiving behind us, are you now pulling out those holiday lights only to discover they’re broken, burned out or impossibly tangled like a scene out of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation? Don’t throw those old holiday lights in the trash – recycle them!

New this holiday season, Denver residents can drop off holiday lights to be recycled for free at Denver’s Cherry Creek Recycling Drop-Off until January 13!  People who participate in the program are helping support the city’s goal of increasing its recycling rate to 34 percent or greater, as outlined in Mayor Hancock’s 2020 Sustainability Goals. The city’s current recycling rate is 20 percent.

  • Accepted for Recycling: Incandescent, LED, and “icicle” light strings with wires and attached bulbs; all packaging material and bags must be removed from light strands before they can be recycled.
  • Not Accepted for Recycling: Bubble (liquid-filled) and neon lights

Please note, holiday lights will only be accepted for recycling at Denver’s Cherry Creek Recycling Drop-Off, and they cannot be placed in Denver Recycles purple carts or in other companies’ standard recycling bins. Through the drop-off program, Denver Public Works will ensure the holiday lights are properly processed to recycle copper, brass and plastic. Those materials can then be made into new products - possibly even a new strand of holiday lights!

Another way to be environmentally friendly this holiday season, transition to energy efficient LED holiday lights and save on energy bill costs for years to come!

For hours of operation at Denver’s Cherry Creek Recycling Drop-Off, or for more information about the “Recycle Your Holiday Lights” program, please visit denvergov.org/DenverRecycles.