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 County – COMING SOON!

Most bins are indoors and only available for drop-off during business hours. Follow each link for operating dates/hours or contact the listed location for details. Not in DuPage County? Check with your local government or hardware store to see if they offer programs.

SCARCE (Addison) – accepts holiday lights year-round

More locations coming soon!

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