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Why recycle your broken holiday lights?

  • Americans throw away 25% more trash during the Thanksgiving to New Year’s holiday period than any other time of year. The extra waste amounts to 25 million tons of garbage!
  • Lights strands contain metals that can be recovered for future uses.
  • By dismantling and providing reuse possibilities, intact natural resources are conserved and air and water pollution caused by hazardous disposal is avoided.
  • Recycling reduces the amount of greenhouse gas emissions caused by the manufacturing of new products!

FAQ

What is accepted?

All holiday lights, working or not-working.

What are the best practices?

Please remove lights from bags and place in designated Holiday Lights recycling bin

What happens to the lights?

Capitol Asset Recycling collects all lights and then breaks them down through smelting or shredding to recover raw materials. These raw materials are then used to create roofing and construction materials, piping, car batteries, other electronics, lead wheel weights, flatware, jewelry, and more!