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Holiday Light Recycling  Recycle Holiday Lights

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Holiday Light 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 light recycling programs take your old light strands and recycle the copper wire inside them.

Several retailers and other organizations accept holiday lights for recycling. Call first when possible to confirm they are taking the lights, to get more specific location information, and to see how long the programs run (many end mid-January or earlier). More locations may be added as they are confirmed (all links external):

  • Ace Hardware Maple Leaf neighborhood store in north Seattle
  • – Mail-in recycling program – Sender pays postage
  • – Mail-in recycling program – Sender pays postage
  • – 2 Federal Way locations
  • Lowe’s home improvement stores in King County
  • McLendon Hardware – All 7 Puget Sound area locations
  • Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium, and Girl Scouts of Western Washington program – Bellevue, Seattle, Tacoma and other locations
  • Recology CleanScapes stores in Bothell, Burien (Highline) and Issaquah
  • Auburn area locations – a program of Ilalko Elementary School:
    • Schools:
    • Alpac Elementary School, 310 Milwaukee Blvd. N., Pacific, 98047
    • Auburn Mountainview High School, 28900 124th Ave. SE., Auburn, 98092
    • Evergreen Heights Elementary School, 5602 S. 316th St., Auburn, 98001
    • 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
    • Lea Hill Elementary School, 30908 124th Ave. SE., Auburn, 98092
    • Mt. Baker Middle School, 620 37th St. SE., Auburn, 98002
    • Rainier Middle School, 30620 116th Ave. SE., Auburn, 98092
    • Terminal Park Elementary School, 1101 D St. SE., Auburn, 98002
    • Businesses and organizations:
    • 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 Senior Center, 910 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
    • The Outlet Collection (formerly SuperMall), 1101 Outlet Collection Way, Auburn, 98001 – bins near mall entrances in Court A and Court B
    • Stor-More Self Storage, 1802 A St. SE., Auburn, 98092

Other businesses and organizations may also offer holiday light 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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Updated: Dec. 10, 2015

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