Holiday Strand-Light Recycling Now Available Locally

The Pitkin County Solid Waste Center and City of Aspen Environmental Health Department are encouraging citizens to recycle old, broken strands of holiday lighting. They’ve made it easier than ever by initiating a new recycling option by providing 90 gallon recycling bins to accept holiday strand lights.  Effective immediately, this free service will be available year round at the Rio Grande Recycling Center (Aspen), Basalt Recycling Center on Midland and the Pitkin County Solid Waste Center (Colorado Highway 82 at MM 32).


“There are a number of reasons why recycling old holiday lights is a good idea,” said City of Aspen Environmental Health Specialist, Liz O’Connell. “Holiday lights contain plastic, copper and glass which are all highly reusable materials. Old, defective holiday lights can be dangerous because their incandescent bulbs get hot and combined with stripped wiring can be a fire hazard,” O’Connell said.


The holiday light recycling bins are intended to collect holiday lights only. Compact florescent bulbs or tubes should not be dropped off in these bins but can be accepted for recycling at the Pitkin County Solid Waste Center. Holiday light strands must be removed from bags or other containers and all tinsel and ornaments must be removed before dropping them at recycling bins.


“We hope the public will see this as an opportunity to not only recycle defective lights to keep them out of the landfill, but to upgrade to more energy efficient, cooler and safer LED holiday lights,” said Pitkin County Solid Waste Center Outreach/Education Coordinator, Jack Johnson.

Posted on Tuesday, November 26, 2013