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Recycle Your Burned Out Holiday Lights

Don't pitch your burned out holiday lights in the trash. Recycle them.


Photo of holiday lights.

LED holiday lights use much less electricity and last longer — if you can keep them untangled.

Whether you plan to take down your holiday lights next week or sometime in the spring, a lot of us have at least one strand that’s seen its last fruitcake.

Bulbs have burned out. Wiring has failed. Maybe it just became too much of a tangled mess.


Photo of burned out holiday lights.

Burned out bulbs make this set of lights a candidate for recycling.

Whatever the reason for the demise of your bright, twinkling decorations, don’t pitch them into the trash. Recycle them. The copper wiring will get re-used and the amount of trash going into our landfills will be reduced.

King County put together a great list of locations where you can recycle your old lights, which includes all McLendon’s Hardware stores, the Ace Hardware stores in Magnolia and Maple Leaf, and a mail-in program by

Now also is a great time to buy replacements as stores clear out their remaining inventory. If you’re picking up a new Rudolph, blinkers or classic white lights, look for energy efficient LEDs. They use significantly less electricity, which will help keep your energy bills low next season.