With Christmas right around the corner, it's officially the time to deck the halls and decorate our trees. But if you noticed a light on your tree that won't light on one side or you just want to splurge on new LED Christmas lights, there's a way to recycle Christmas lights and feel good about it.
How to Recycle Christmas Lights
In recent years, shoppers have had the option to recycle Christmas lights at Home Depot or Lowe's. In 2015, Home Depot hosted a Christmas light trade-in event, offering do-gooders $3, $4, and $5 coupons for every string of lights they brought in. Though Home Depot has no information about an upcoming trade-in for 2017, you can call your Home Depot to learn if they offer store-specific rewards for donating used lights.
If you choose to recycle Christmas lights at Lowe's, you'll want to bring in your bundles by December 24, according to company's website. There's no mention of any coupons for donating, but ridding yourself of used, broken lights means one less worry this holiday season — and that's reward enough.
But let's say there isn't a Lowe's or Home Depot nearby. In that case, check with your local government or recycling companies to see if they will take your lights. You can also ship off your lights to Christmas Light Source in the Dallas-Forth Worth area at the following address: Christmas Light Source Recycling Program 4313 Elmwood Drive Benbrook, TX 76116. Christmas Light Source will use the proceeds from the recycling to buy books and toys, which they will then donate to Toys for Tots. How amazing is that?
How to Donate Christmas Lights
Thrift stores like Goodwill and Salvation Army will accept your used Christmas lights — just please don't donate broken ones. You can also ask if your church or even friends would be willing to take them off your hands.
One thing to remember, however is that you can totally reuse your Christmas lights; they aren't just for Christmas. All-white bulbs can shine — literally — at a wedding, and putting a colored plastic light bulb cover over your string can transform them into Halloween or Easter lights.
Because this time of year is all resolutions and striving to be a better person, why not get a head start on your New Year's resolutions and declutter? You might find you'd rather not mess with hanging lights next year and opt for a Christmas projector with white lights instead.