Recycle Holiday Lights and Add Drop-Off Locations in your Community


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Holiday lights a mess? Recycle them!

Did you recently unpack your boxes of holiday lights and end up feeling like this poor guy? Then now is the time to get rid of old, broken, inefficient light strands and upgrade to new, efficient LED holiday lights from your local hardware store!

CERTs is partnering again with the Recycling Association of Minnesota (RAM), for the 2011-2012 holiday season on Recycle Your Holidays™. RAM recycles every part of the light strings—the metal wires, the plastic casing, and even the lights themselves. We’re providing a map of drop-off locations that are accepting holiday lights, and it’s also possible for you to sign up as a location.

Click here to see all drop-off locations currently signed up to participate >>
Click here to see our press release about the program and spread the word >>

If your community does not currently have drop-off locations, spread the word to local businesses and organizations to get them involved!

Click here to sign up as a drop-off location From Ely to Fairmont and everywhere in between, any business or organization can participate as a collection site at NO COST. It is a great way to provide a value added service to customers. The Recycling Association of Minnesota provides collection bins, signs and promotional materials. If your business or organization is interested in participating in the Recycle Your Holidays™ program, you just need to fill out a quick form on RAM’s website. It’s that easy! Once you’ve signed up, RAM will send you a free collection bin and help promote your site as a collector. When the bin is full give us a call for a free pick up.

Click here to sign up as a drop-off location >>

And just so you know, the program has had quite the impact in it’s first two years, and we’re planning on doing even more this year!

2.7 million kWh with 280,000 lbs of lights recycled

$205,000 in avoided energy costs

200 individuals with developmental disabilities in MN

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