Do you have broken holiday lights?
Have you switched to new LEDs but still have old working lights you don’t know what to do with?
If they are still working, consider a donation. Goodwill takes Christmas decorations, including working lights. Also, Facebook groups such as Buy Nothing Wellesley or Wellesley Give and Take would be another great place to find them a new home.
If they are broken, and you can’t fix them, Don’t throw them in the trash! Electrical elements can corrode and cause dangerous chemicals to seep into landfill soil, causing potential contamination.
The Wellesley RDF recycles the copper wires in string lights, if you drop them off on the “copper” bulk bin (located right after the consumer recycling sorting area, in the bulky items area on the left).
Home Depot and Lowe’s will also accept old lights for recycling, so let others outside of Wellesley know they can ship old lights to Holiday LEDS Recycling by regular mail. Another option is to mail broken lights to Christmas Light Source any time of year. They work with a local recycling company that breaks down the lights and recycles the copper, glass, and plastic. The Christmas Light Source organization takes the proceeds they receive from the recycling and uses them to purchase educational books and toys which they donate to their local chapter of Toys for Tots.