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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 Jan. 15 or earlier). Here is a partial list (all links external):

  • Ace Hardware stores – Magnolia (2420 32nd Ave. W.) and Maple Leaf stores in Seattle
  • Christmas Light Recycling – Mail-in recycling program – sender pays postage
  • – 2 Federal Way locations
  • Lowe’s home improvement stores – 2700 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle store and most other locations
  • 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
  • Vashon Island Puget Sound Energy Customer Service Office, 18125 Vashon Highway SW, 206-463-3688
  • Auburn area locations – a program of Ilalko Elementary School
  • Schools:
    • Alpac Elementary 310 Milwaukee Blvd N | Pacific, WA 98047
    • Mt. Baker Middle School  620 37th Street SE | Auburn, WA 98002
    • Evergreen Heights Elementary School (5602 S 316th ST 98001)
    • Gildo Rey Elementary School  1005 37th Street SE | Auburn, WA 98002
    • Hazelwood Elementary School 11815 SE 304th Street | Auburn, WA 98092
    • Ilalko Elementary School  (301 Oravetz PL SE 98092)
    • Lakeland Hills Elementary School (1020 Evergreen Way SE 98092)
    • Lea Hill Elementary School 30908 124th Avenue SE | Auburn, WA 98092
    • Auburn Riverside HS  501 Oravetz Road | Auburn, WA 98092
  • Businesses
    • City of Auburn - Customer Service Center (1 East Main ST, 2nd Floor 98002)
    • City of Auburn - Senior Center (910 - 9th ST SE 98002)
    • City of Auburn - Parks Department (808 - 9th ST SE 98002)
    • The Outlet Collection - Court A & B (1101 Outlet Collection Dr SW 98002)
    • Lakeland Hills HOA Community Center (5801 Lakeland Hills Way SE 98092)
    • Haggen's Top Foods (1406 Lake Tapps PKWY SE 98092)
    • Avise Chiropractic (4017 A ST SE 98092)
    • YMCA Auburn Valley (1620 Perimeter RD 98092)
    • Stor-More Self Storage (1802 A ST SE 98092)
    • Kumon Learning Center (208 182nd Ave. East Lake Tapps, WA  98391)
    • Federal Way Naturopathy (900 S 336th St, Federal Way, WA 98003)

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!

Learn more about eco-tastic holiday décor.

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Updated: Dec. 29, 2014

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