Don’t toss away burned out Christmas lights

If you’re putting up new LED lights this year, don’t throw your old light strings in the garbage. Recycle them.

If you’re putting up new LED lights this year, don’t throw your old light strings in the garbage. Recycle them.

Simply take your old strings to a recycling depot near you.

“Last year’s Christmas light recycling program alone collected over seven metric tonnes of light strings, enough to fill a 53-foot semi trailer,” said Rae Stewart, waste reduction facilitator with the regional district.

“That’s a lot of material that was repurposed into new product, instead of taking up space in our landfill.”

Stewart adds this is the sixth year the recycling depots have been accepting light strings, and power cords are also accepted as part of the program.

“Recycling your old light strings instead of tossing them out is simple good sense, environmentally and financially,” Stewart said.

“By upgrading your lights, you’ll be saving energy and money on your electricity bill, as LED (light emitting diode) lights use up to 95 per cent less energy than regular Christmas lights and last at least 10 times longer.

“Plus, LED lights produce very little heat, so they reduce the risk of fire, which is essential for your family’s’ safety.”

Stewart says the strings brought to the depots are picked up by Planet Earth Recycling Ltd, delivered to Davis Trading in Vancouver, baled and exported for processing where the copper is recovered for new use in wiring and plumbing.

Recycling Depots are located at:

• Kirschner Depot, 1988 Kirschner Rd, open daily from 8 a.m to 6 p.m.

• Westside Residential Recycling Center, Asquith Road, open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Glenmore Landfill, 2105 Glenmore Rd, open daily from 7:30 a.m. to  4:45 p.m.

• Planet Earth Recycling Ltd., 2035 Louie Dr., open Monday through Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 

For more information, visit regionaldistrict.com/recycle, or contact the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 250-469-6250.

 

 

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