Recycle Old Holiday Lights in Minnesota
Drop off your old tangled and broken holiday lights at any participating location during the holiday season as part of Recycle Your Holidays!
About the program: Recycle Your Holidays takes place from November 15 through the end of January each year. Over 840,000 pounds of holiday lights have been recycled since the program’s start. Strands are dismantled by individuals with disabilities at vocational centers in Minnesota and recycled locally. See press release and a story in the Star Tribune to learn more.
Save with LED lighting: Did you know that the average Minnesota home can save between $10 to $250 each holiday season by switching to LED holiday lighting? When you replace those old lights, try some LEDs this year! And click here to see if your utility offers rebates for LED holiday lights.
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This is a project of the Recycling Association of Minnesota: The Recycling Association of Minnesota (RAM) is committed to promoting resource conservation through waste prevention, reuse, recycling, composting and purchasing practices using the most cost effective and environmentally sound methods available in Minnesota. Learn more at www.RecycleMinnesota.org.
Save energy and money: Switch to LEDs
For many Minnesotans, the house, porch, shrubs and trees are donned with holiday lights. Depending on one’s holiday lighting enthusiasm, a home can save between $10 to $250 each holiday season by switching to LED holiday lighting. This is because, according to the Department of Energy, LED holiday lights save up to 90% of the energy used by traditional incandescent holiday lights. LEDs are also safer, sturdier, longer lasting, and easier to install.
For every old holiday lighting string recycled and replaced with more efficient LED holiday lighting, 19 kilowatt-hours of electricity are saved over the course of the holiday season. This is the same amount of energy as a common CFL household light bulb would use if left on for 24 hours a day for 2 months straight!
RAM has recycled over 840,000 pounds of holiday lighting since the inception of this program. If even half of these light strands were upgraded to more efficient LED holiday lighting, Minnesotans are saving over 7.7 million kilowatt-hours and $648,000 year after year. That’s enough energy to power the electricity of 686 homes for an entire year!
- Energy-efficient holiday decorating tips from DOE
- Holiday lighting buyer’s guide from ENERGY STAR
- How holiday lights work from DOE
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