Ogle County Solid Waste encourages recycling of holiday lights

From the Ogle County Solid Waste Management Department

OREGON, Illinois — As the holiday season approaches, many residents start decorating their home with strings of Christmas lights. Often, they find the lights no longer work and into the garbage they go. Rather than have the lights end up in the landfill, the Ogle County Solid Waste Management Department (OCSWMD) encourages residents to recycle their holiday lights.

OCSWMD is working with Behr Iron & Metal in Rochelle, local fire departments, and city/village halls to collect and recycle the holiday lights. Light strings that will be accepted include Italian mini-lights, traditional lights (larger glass bulbs), rope lights, LED lights, and other similar string lights. Extension cords will also be accepted. Garland, live greens and wreaths, and other decorations will not be accepted. The lights will be sent to a regional recycling facility, where they will be separated into their different components and processed for use in new products.

Beginning on America Recycles Day, Nov. 15, drop-off containers for the holiday lights will be available through Jan. 31, 2015, at the following locations: Ogle County Solid Waste Management Department (909 W. Pines Road, Oregon); Ogle County Courthouse (105 S. Fifth St., Oregon); Byron Fire Department (123 N. Franklin St.); Rochelle Fire Department (401 Fifth Ave.); Mt. Morris Fire Department (15 E. Center St.); Stillman Valley Fire Department (200 S. Rural St.); Forreston Village Hall (102 S. Walnut St.); Village of Davis Junction (207 N. Elm St.); and the City of Polo (115 S. Franklin St.).

Any proceeds received from the recycling of the lights and wires will be donated to United Way in Ogle County. For more information, call the OCSWMD at (815) 732-4020.

Posted Nov. 12, 2014

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