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Holiday lighting recycling program available

N E W S   R E L E A S E

November 16, 2012    

CONTACT: Mary McReynolds, Environmental Services Dept.
(218) 749-0648

Holiday lights recycling program now available in St. Louis County

'Tis the season to attempt to untangle strings of holiday lights that no matter how carefully were packed away last winter, somehow find ways to snarl. It’s also the time of year to discover some of those lights no longer work.

Wondering what to do with old holiday lights? St. Louis County Environmental Services is partnering with the Recycling Association of Minnesota, Clean Energy Resource Teams and Minnesota State Operated Community Services (MSOCS) to collect old holiday lighting for recycling. The program called "Recycle Your Holidays" provides 15 County collection bin locations, as well as collection boxes in several local retail establishments. 
The Recycle Your Holidays program employs over 200 individuals with disabilities at vocational centers throughout the state of Minnesota. Last year over 200,000 pounds of plastic, glass and wire from old holiday lights were recycled state-wide.
People can drop off old holiday lights and other electrical cords at the St. Louis County courthouses in Virginia or Hibbing, or at the Northland Office Building in Virginia. A complete list of County drop-off locations is available at or by calling 800-450-9278.


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