What to do with old or broken Christmas lights? You can’t just throw them out, as if you have older strings of lights that contain Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs, or CFLs, you have to be very careful, as they may release mercury into the environment if they are broken. Yahoo says if you have old working lights you could consider donating them to thrift stores such as Goodwill, and if you have lights that no longer work you could bring them to hardware stores such as The Home Depot, Lowe’s and Ace Hardware to recycle them properly. The EPA also suggests contacting your local recycling service to see if it is accepting working or nonworking Christmas lights. If you have no other way to dispose of them you could also mail them to Christmas Light Source, which will give you ten percent off your next order of string lights to replace them.
Meanwhile The Home Depot did post a video about how to fix your broken lights. See it below along with others...
How to Recycle Christmas Lights
- Thrift Stores:Your local thrift store, including Goodwill, should accept yourworkingChristmas lights. Have too many (or want to replace the set you have?) Drop 'em off at a donation bin near you orfind your local store.
- Hardware Stores:Retailers likeThe Home Depot,Lowe'sandAce Hardwarewill gladly accept your faulty Christmas lights if you're looking for a responsible way to recycle them. Consult with your local hardware store for specifics, including drop-off locations.
- Your local municipal waste service:You're not the only one in the neighborhood taking down the Christmas lights. The EPA recommends contacting your local recycling service to see if it is accepting working or nonworking Christmas lights. It may set up a specific day to collect donations or be able to redirect you to a local organization that is taking Christmas lights.
Christmas Light Source:If you send Christmas Light Source your old, broken lights, the company will give you 10% off your next order of string lights to replace them. Learn more about where to mail your lights onits website. All proceeds from the recycling process are donated toToys for Tots.