Trade-In And Recycle Holiday Lights

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May Your Days Be Merry and Bright
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The holiday season is upon us, whether we’re ready for it or not. If you’ve found your thoughts recently lingering on that dusty box of string lights in storage, then we’ve got some great news for you. Nothing is more frustrating than when one or two lights go out and your whole string of lights no longer works!

Don’t fret, here’s some awesome trade-in and light recycling options.

Home Depot, Sears, and Kmart

Check out Home Depot’s Christmas Light Trade-In event. Taking place every year in early tot mid November, customers nationwide can bring in old or non-working light strings to The Home Depot and they will be recycled. That’s right- bring in your broken string lights! Not only that, but you receive a money-saving coupon towards your purchase of LED lights.

Sears and Kmart offer a similar deal where you bring in your old incandescent light strings and receive discounts on energy efficient lights.

LED stands for light-emitting diodes, and these lights are more energy-efficient and, best of all, mercury-free. Using LED lights for your holiday decorations is a great way to go green and save money this season. To give you an idea of LED efficiency, they use about 80% less electricity than standard mini-lights and last up to 10 times longer. What a bright idea!

Remember to double check with these retailers about any fine details or limitations to this deal. Christmas Light Recycling Program

A program out of Mississippi also accepts old holiday lights for recycling and gives you a discount on new lights. Send them to the address listed, and they will recycle them for you and send you a coupon for 25% off any purchase at If you happen to live nearby, you also have the option of dropping off your old lights. According to their figures, they collected more than 10,000 pounds of old lights for recycling last year!

Please note: their coupon will be emailed, so you must provide an email address with your shipment. When preparing to mail your lights, remember to check out the DOs and DON’Ts listed on their website.

If your company or organization is interested in collecting lights for their recycling program, contact them for more information.

Programs like this pop up all over the country, so search around and see if one is near you!

Recycle Christmas Lights for the Kids Campaign

A similar program is running on Christmas Light Source. All proceeds from the Christmas lights recycling program will be used to purchase Usborne books that will be donated to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.

Happy holiday season for recycling!

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