Upgrading to LEDs? How to Recycle Your Old Lights

Upgrading to LEDs? How to Recycle Your Old Lights

Lauren Zerbey
Dec 8, 2011

Many people are replacing their holiday lights with LEDs and for good reason - they use less energy and last considerably longer than their incandescent predecessor. As an added bonus, you no longer have to worry about one burned out bulb leaving a section of your tree dark! So, what to do with those tangled strands of old lights?

Chucking your old lights in the trash might be the easiest solution, but with just a little extra effort, there are plenty of ways to recycle them instead.

Last month, large retailers like Home Depot, Sears and Kmart hosted events that recycled old lights with the purchase of new LED strands. While those programs may be over, many other chains are jumping on the bandwagon so check with local stores that sell LEDs to see if this is an option. Additionally, many towns and cities are introducing their own programs. The folks at HouseLogic put together this list for the 2011 season:

Has anyone come across additional recycling opportunities?

Read more: Holiday Lights Gone Out? There's a Recycling Program for That at HouseLogic

(Image: Meraki)

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