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11/28/2011
Excerpt: As boxes of decorations get pulled from storage this month, tangled strands of Christmas lights are likely to be mixed in. Whether multicolored or white, dark wires or light, the mash-up of the illuminated decorations never seems to have any consistency. Some may be incandescent, while...
11/27/2011
Excerpt: You can bring your old strings of holiday lights and extension cords to several drop-off sites in the Fridley area. Bring in non-working lights or strings you are replacing with more energy-efficient LED lights. Every part of donated lights will get recycled, according to the...
11/26/2011
Article: The Recycling Association of Minnesota, in partnership with Clean Energy Resource Teams, announces the third annual Recycle Your Holidays statewide holiday light recycling program. Lights and cords are recycled free of charge. The group encourages Minnesotans to drop off old, broken...
11/25/2011
Excerpt: Minnesota is home to a one-of-a-kind recycling program, where you can get rid of your old holiday lights and give jobs to people with mental disabilities. Jeannie Cotone is one of 97 people who work at the Adult Training Habilitation Centers in Hutchinson and Winsted. “There’s a string...
11/18/2011
Excerpt: When the glow goes from your holiday lights, don’t chuck them in the trash can; look for a program that recycles them — or better yet, a program that pays you to recycle them. Then, you can use your cash to buy new LED holiday lights, which can use 90% less energy than incandescent holiday...
11/17/2011
Excerpt: It’s a familiar scene, one that plays out year after year when the leaves have fallen: you drag out the bundle of Christmas lights from their dust-enshrouded summer tomb, only to discover when you plug them into the wall that the glow is gone. You say you’re going to fiddle with each bulb...
11/16/2011
Excerpt: It’s that time of year again, bring out your holiday lights and detangle the wadded mess, but what do you do with the strings that no longer light up? Or you have made the switch to LED lights, which only use 10% of the electricity required to power traditional incandescent. What do you...
11/16/2011
Excerpt: Becker County Environmental Services and Recycling Association of Minnesota (RAM) announces the 3rd annual launch of “Recycle Your Holidays,” the one and only statewide holiday light recycling program starting just in time for America Recycles Day, Nov. 15, and lasting throughout the...
11/16/2011
The Recycling Association of Minnesota and Clean Energy Resource Teams are teaming up once again to recycle old and broken strings of holiday lights during the 2011–2012 holiday season. Last year, the campaign recycled more than 100,000 pounds of lights, doubling a goal set at the start of the...
11/15/2011
KARE 11 News covers Recycling Association of Minnesota’s efforts to help people recycle holiday lights, among other things, on America Recycles Day. Click here to read the full story >> CERTs keeps up the map of drop-off locations for this program. Click here to see the map with...

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