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Recycle those burnt out holiday lights

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 11:53 PST, Tue November 24, 2020

Last Updated: 11:54 PST, Tue November 24, 2020

Choose a free and environmentally-friendly way to dispose of those burned-out holiday lights this year.

A federally-incorporated not-for-profit organization, Product Care Recycling notes all kinds of string lights— from retro-style incandescent strings to LED garlands that twinkle and blink—can be kept out of the landfill. In 2019, 57 per cent of British Columbians put up holiday lights, with Product Care Recycling able to divert more than 11.6 million light bulbs from landfills.

But string lights are one of many types of lighting fixtures that Product Care Recycling accepts. Other accepted fixtures include flashlights, desk lamps, garden lights, and more. Product Care also accepts burnt out incandescent bulbs, fluorescent tubes, halogen bulbs, compact fluorescent lights, CFLs, and LEDs. Visit productcare.org/bclights for a full list of accepted products.

"Recycling holiday lights gives the various parts a new useful life, rather than adding to landfill waste,” says Wayne Chisholm, Product Care’s logistics and services manager. “Once holiday lights are dropped off at a recycling location, they’re transported to authorized recyclers for processing—right here in Canada—where they’re separated into component parts (for example metal, glass or plastic) so the materials can be repurposed into new products.”

Click here to watch the video for a brief explanation of how to recycle your string lights and other lighting products. And for a location, click here.

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