Wheaton will offer free holiday light recycling again this year in partnership with Elgin Recycling. This program offers an eco-friendly alternative to putting lights in landfills.
Starting Nov. 19, 2012, bring strands of incandescent or LED holiday lights and extension cords in any condition to the Public Works Storage Facility at 820 W. Liberty Drive any time between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays. Look for signs directing you to the holiday light recycling area just inside the gate. The Public Works Department will accept lights for recycling through Feb. 22, 2013.
The lights will be collected by Elgin Recycling, then stripped and recycled for their copper and plastic parts. No materials will be shipped overseas.
In addition to residents, the city also welcomes businesses, schools and other organizations wanting to dispose of holiday lights to participate in the program. There is no limit as to how many lights you can drop off for recycling.
Information courtesy of the City of Wheaton.