How to Easily Recycle Old Christmas Lights, Holiday Lights

How to Easily Recycle Old Christmas Lights, Holiday Lights

How to recycle used Christmas Lights

If you have broken, burned out or tangled strings of holiday lights, unwanted light strings, power cords and power strips, don't throw them into the trash. Often, then can be recycled! Beware that much of this type of information on other websites is very outdated. We've tried to include the most recent information below and updated it every year, right after Christmas, but since the people running the recycling programs often do not update their information, you've got to follow the links below and contact them to be certain the programs are still running. here are the methods to recycle your lights in order of easy and reliability:

Local Curbside Recycling

 Local Cities often have trash/recycling collection programs that also includes a recycling bin which allows for Christmas lights. If you have a recycling bin, you can usually put lights in there, but be sure check with your provider!
Christmas trees: Check this page for your state and area's information.

HolidayLEDS Program

HolidayLEDS (which is a brand of Christmas lights you've seen in the stores) offers free a light recycling program. You can ship lights to the company for recycling from October 1-February 28. All you have to do is send them your old Christmas lights for recycling and they'll send you a coupon good for 15% off LED Christmas lights. All coupons may only be redeemed once on a single order and may not be used with with any other offer, discount or coupon. Exclusions apply. Not valid on sale products, Commercial Wholesale Case Pricing products, or over-sized shipping items.
How Should I Ship My Lights?
You can send your lights via any shipping method you like. However, there is no reason to send them express. We would recommend that you send them by the least expensive method available.
Can I send Christmas lights to you any time?
Yes. The Christmas Light Recycling Program is open year round.
Once you have packed up and shipped us your lights please complete our Christmas light recycling form and we will email you your coupon as soon as we confirm shipment.
Send your lights via USPS, FedEx, or UPS Ground to:
Please note, if you are in Southeastern WI, you may drop your lights off at this address Monday thru Friday between 9AM and 4PM
In the Brooklyn, Mi area? Call 866-492-4330 for more information on how you can participate locally in our Recycling Program.

Christmas Lights Source

Christmas Light Source accepts holiday lights all year-round. Proceeds from this recycling program benefit the Marine Toys for Tots program.
This program is active all year and we save all recycling proceeds for this year's Toys for Tots donation.On top of helping children in the DFW area, you can feel good knowing that your lights didn't end up and a landfill and were appropriately recycled in the US.
Here's how you can participate in our program to get your lights recycled, get a discount on your next order of Christmas lights and support Toys for Tots at the same time:
1. Take your old, broken Christmas lights and box them up in the smallest box that will accommodate the lights and send them to us in the cheapest and slowest way at:
Note: We have a new address for our recycling program - if you've participated in the past, please use the following address:
Christmas Light Source
Recycling Program
4313 Elmwood Drive
Benbrook, TX 76116
2. Please include your name and email address (mandatory if you want the discount code - we won't save it or sell it) and we'll email you a code that will be good for 10% off a single order of Christmas lights (one rebate coupon per household).
3. Then we'll take the lights, have them recycled and take the proceeds from the recycling and use them to buy books, educational games, puzzles and toys!
4. These items will then be donated to the DFW Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.

Local Big Box Retail Stores

Some retailers like Home Depot, Lowe's, and Walmart collect lights for a few weeks during the winter holidays. Check with your local store below:

Home Depot - Or click here to find your local HomeDepot store and contact information .

Lowes - We are told all of their stores will accept Christmas lights for recycling.

Mail-In Options:

  • Christmas Light Recycling: Do you have piles and piles of old incandescent Christmas lights? Don't throw them away, recycle them! You can send us your old Christmas lights and we will recycle them and send you a coupon for 10% off.
    Where do I send my lights for recycling?
    The LED Warehouse
    Attn: Christmas Light Recycling
    109 E. Prairie St.
    Vicksburg, MI 49097

    What information do I need to include?
    Make sure you include your name and email address (clearly printed). All coupons will be emailed so a valid email address is required.

    How Do I Package My Lights?
    You should ship your lights WITHOUT any packing material in a card board box. Please ship only the lights! Do not include any retail boxes, bags, ties, reels, packing peanuts or paper packing materials.

Other local options

D.C., Maryland, Virginia


  •  Atlanta - CHaRM -  The Center for Hard to Recycle Materials. It is a permanent drop-off facility that aims to improve our environmental health by encouraging reuse and diverting thousands of pounds of household hazardous waste, bulky trash and other hard to recycle items from Metro-Atlanta landfills and water systems.
    1110 Hill Street SE, Atlanta, GA. 30315. Phone: 404-600-6386.
    CHaRM is easily accessible and accepts a wider range of items than typical curbside recycling.
    They also offer educational sessions about the importance of proper disposal of hard to recycle materials.
    And keep hazardous materials out of our air, water, and soil.
  • Roswell Recycling Center is now open with normal hours and modified operations. Service are currently limited to City of Roswell residents and businesses only.
    As of January 2021, Hours of operation are Tuesday - Thursday, 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM; Friday, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM; and Saturday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM.
    Roswell businesses may visit the Center Wednesday - Friday during normal operating hours.
    Residents are no longer required to remain in their vehicles but should practice Social Distancing as a personal protective measure.

Replace your Christmas lights (a.k.a, or "holidays lights") with LED lights

LED Christmas lights use 80 percent less energy and can last up to 20 years. If you want to be able to replace individual lights, make sure to choose strings with removable bulbs; which is becoming more common in the LED light strings. .


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