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Minn. Recycler Taking Old Christmas Lights

Posted at: 11/29/2013 10:21 AM



ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — If you're one of many Minnesotans replacing traditional Christmas lights with energy-efficient LEDs and wondering what to do with all those old jumbled cords, the answer might be at your local hardware store.

The Recycling Association of Minnesota is partnering with hardware stores and other businesses all over the state to host drop off sites for old holiday lights. Brita Sailer of the association tells Minnesota Public Radio News that the copper, glass and plastic usually found in older lights don't belong in landfills.

Sailer says it's cost effective to recycle lights if done on a large scale. That's why the group has about 500 drop offs scattered around Minnesota, and a few in western Wisconsin and northern Iowa.

In the Northland, there are dropoff sites in Grand Rapids, Ely, Grand Marais, Grand Portage, and Sandstone.  A full list of sites can be found at http://www.cleanenergyresourceteams.org/campaigns/ryh-13-14 .

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Information from: Minnesota Public Radio News

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