Time for the Switch & Collect!

In Clayton County, during the year’s 2018 and 2019, nearly 800 pounds of holiday lights were collected and properly recycled! It is that time of year and the Clayton County Energy District has opened up its holiday light drop off locations. The Clayton County Clean Energy District encourages residents to recycle old, broken, or unwanted holiday lights and SWITCH to a more efficient LED style.

Why choose LED holiday lights??

  • LED (light emitting diode) lights look just like incandescent bulbs and are available in the same varieties but use 90% less energy.
  • With no filament, LED string lights (even after hours of use) produce little to no heat making them a safer option as they are more resistant to fire.
  • Old incandescent bulbs offer hundreds of hours of expected life, while the LED equivalent estimates a lifespan of thousands of hours.
  • LED lights are safer, cost much less to operate, last for thousands of hours and emit far less carbon.

Recycled How?
The recycling process is completed by separating the insulating plastic surrounding the valuable copper, brass, and glass. The byproducts are then used to make other objects like new wire, pipes, or pulverized into “fluff” which can be mixed with topsoil for landfill filtration.

Through early January 2021, look for a collection container at the following countywide locations:

County String Holiday Light Drop Off Locations:
Strawberry Point – Meyer True Value Hardware Store (great place to purchase LED lights!)

Elkader – Clayton County High Street Transfer Facility

Garnavillo – Community Savings Bank

Edgewood – Community Savings Bank

Monona – Fisk Farm & Home (great place to purchase LED lights!)

Garber – Sears 66

St. Olaf – St. Olaf Tavern

Guttenberg – Guttenberg Municipal Building (entrance), People’s State Bank (Lobby), Kuempel’s Hardware, Guttenberg Library, Fidelity Bank & Trust, Community Savings Bank