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
“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.