Green Divas DIY: Recycling Christmas Lights

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What to do with old christmas lights imageI hope you all can stand just.  one.  more.  post.  with a sort of Christmas  theme. Now that the holidays are over, it’s time to consider some of those old Christmas lights — you’ve upgraded to LEDs by now, right? Have you considered recycling Christmas lights?

When it comes  to Christmas, I like BIG trees — the kind you have to keep trimming top and bottom in order to get it toGD Mizar's holiday house picture fit in the house! Big trees mean a lot of lights … and I have them. Strings and strings of white incandescent bulbs, a huge storage box full. The “operative” word here is incandescent. Lots of pretty lights and  lots of energy, lots of money.

I just got our electric bill for last month — while I have to admit I had a house full of teenagers who stayed up until 3am playing video games and a small oil-filled electric heater working overdrive to keep my laundry room pipes from freezing — my total on that bill is $271.57. Hello?!?

So, out with the old and in with the new and I’m not talking about the New Year. I am packing up what seems like miles of my lights and sending them off to Texas. Yep, Texas … Yee Haw!

Why?

So you might ask, “Why send old mini lights from New Jersey all the way to the Lone Star State?” X-Mas 2

I thought there MUST be something I can do with these lights. Of course that put me on the horns of a dilemma; should I donate them as I do with so many other things knowing I’d be giving energy-inefficient mini lights to someone else? Should I simply trash them knowing they’d end up in a landfill? Yeah right!

After “Googling” a way to re-purpose mini lights I came up with … well, very little. Digging a bit deeper I found Christmas Light Source located near Dallas. Folks there will take your lights – working or not – and will tear them apart to recycle the copper, glass and plastic. They are paid a small amount per pound. The all proceeds from the Christmas lights recycling program are used to purchase educational books and toys and puzzles and lots of other goodies which are then donated to the Dallas/Fort Worth Marines Toys for Tots program in early December.Xmas 3

Just so you know

Christmas Light Source has been running this recycling program since 2008, but, it is a retail business, selling all sorts of lights for the holidays, parties, crafts and all the hardware necessary to use them. If, when you pack up your lights, you  include your name and email address they’ll send you a discount code that will be good for 10% off a single order of Christmas lights.

I now have to replace all those energy-sucking incandescent lights with LED lights. The coupon will probably come in handy. 

Christmas lights image w/ woman via shutterstock

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Green Diva Mizar
mizar@pur2o.com'

Green Diva Mizar is a former co-host of the GD show. GD Mizar is also dedicated to providing safe, clean water to all through her company Pur2o Water Filtration & Purification.

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