If you’ve found some broken lights as you’re hanging your Christmas decor and are ready to toss it, don’t chuck them in the trash OR the recycling bin! Luckily for Sioux Falls area residents, the City’s Household Hazardous Waste facility will recycle Christmas tree lights for free. If they’re still functional, you can also donate them to local thrift stores.
Why not trash your Christmas String lights?
It may be easier to throw your old holiday string lights in the trash, but they are not made for the landfill. Not only do they take up precious landfill space, but there are materials like copper and plastic that can be recovered – it’s wasteful to throw them in the trash.
Why not put them in the recycling bin?
Many people confuse the recycling bin with a place to throw everything that can be recycled, reused, or composted. WRONG! That bin is only for single stream items (aka bottles, tubs, jugs, paper, cardboard & metal cans). Any other item can contaminate materials, ruin the equipment, or just end up as trash (and cause way more work for the people pulling it out). String lights are one of the big No-No’s of the recycling bin because they are a double hitter: First, they are “stringy“, meaning they can wrap around the equipment and completely shut us down! Second, they are technically e-waste, which should be recycled by a specialized e-waste processor, not your recycling bin.
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