Holiday Light Recycling Locations 2020/2021

Oct 30 2020

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‘Tis the season of holiday light recycling programs! As you deck the halls, set aside your broken, tangled, or unwanted holiday light strands to be recycled for free at one of the many drop-off locations below.

During last year’s holiday light recycling drives, programs in DuPage County collectively recycled 36,765lbs. Since the program began in 2009, it has diverted 449,765lbs of holiday lights from landfills.

If you need to replace lights, opt for energy efficient LED strands or ENERGY STAR certified lights – and, of course, be sure to use a timer for those lights so they only shine when you can see them. Want to learn more about the Holiday Light Recycling Program including how the lights are recycled? Click here to learn how it’s done. Otherwise, scroll down for this year’s drop-off locations.

Thank you to Elgin Recycling for partnering to offer this program! View the flyer below (coming soon) to learn more about how to get your municipality, school, or organization involved.

Accepted Lights
Bring any type of holiday string lights including LEDs, italian mini-lights, and rope lights – working or not – to one of the following locations for recycling. Most programs run through the start of January, some longer. Hours and dates vary by location – please contact them for details. No artificial trees, garlands, or wreaths.

2020-2021 Holiday Light Recycling Locations in DuPage Countymore coming soon!

Most bins are indoors and only available for drop-off during business hours – these may be affected by the pandemic. Follow each link for operating dates/hours or contact the listed location for details. Don’t see your town? Check with your local government or hardware store to see if they offer programs.

SCARCE (Addison) – accepts holiday lights year-round
Bartlett – inside Village Hall (closed to public as of 12/04/20)
Batavia – Fabyan Parkway Recycling Center
Bensenville – Village Hall, Public Works
Carol StreamVillage Hall bin outside of front door, Library
Clarendon HillsPolice Department
DarienPolice Station lobby
Downers GrovePublic Works
Elmhurst – outdoor containers at City Hall, Courts Plus, Park District Administrative Office, The Abbey
Glen Ellyn – outdoor bins at Spring Avenue Rec Center, Main Street Rec Center, Ackerman SFC – more info
Hanover ParkPublic Works
Itasca – outside Police Department
Lisle – Village Hall lobby
Lombard – Public Works
NapervilleElectronics Recycling Center; Fort Hill Activity Center, Springbrook and Naperbrook Golf Courses details
Roselle – outside Police Station
Warrenville – bin outside Park District
West Chicago – City Hall, First United Methodist Church of West Chicago, Murphy Ace Hardware, West Chicago Water Treatment Plant, West Chicago Public Library District, The ARC Center. Details.
Westmont – Fire Station HQ and Westmont Public Library
WheatonPublic Works Storage Facility
Wood DalePublic Works

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