How to Recycle Christmas Tree Lights


Christmas tree lights were not meant to last forever, but many holiday celebrants loath throwing them out. Fortunately there are ways to recycle those holiday lights and extend their usefulness beyond service in your home or on your tree. Regardless of the light count or kind of bulbs you have, recycling companies will accept your light donations. These forward-thinking companies often rework the strand for reselling or reuse the materials in the strand for other products. Treat your Christmas lights in a eco-friendly way by recycling them.

Things You'll Need

  • Twine
  • Brown paper packaging
  • Brown box
  • Packaging tape
  • Permanent marker
  • Mailing label
  • Return your Christmas tree lights to their original packaging if possible. If you have lost the packaging, then coil up the light strands and secure them together with a piece of twine.

  • Place brown packaging paper on the bottom of the box to keep the contents from shifting during transit.

  • Position the lights inside the box. If there are several strands of lights then stack the light rolls on top of one another.

  • Cover the top of the lights with another piece of packaging paper. Use enough paper to fill the box to the brim. It should not be overstuffed.

  • Write your name and address on a piece of paper and put it inside the box. Some recycling companies send coupons to contributors as a thank-you.

  • Seal the box closed with packaging tape. Write your return address on the upper left hand corner.

  • Position a mailing label on the center of the package and remove the adhesive backing. Write the address of the recycling center on the label.

  • Take the package to the post office for shipping.

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