Holiday Light Collection Drop Off Locations

 As you are getting out your Christmas decorations this year, be sure to sort out any holiday string lights that are old, broken, unwanted or non-LED and bring them to one of our convenient drop-off locations in the county! We’ll ensure these are properly recycled.

In the past years, we’ve collected over 1,000 pounds of holiday lights. We are again encouraging you to switch to a more efficient LED style if purchasing more.

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 2022, look for a collection container at the following countywide locations:

County Holiday String Light Drop Off Locations:

Garnavillo | Community Savings Bank

Guttenberg | Community Savings Bank, People’s State Bank, Fidelity Bank & Trust, Kuempel’s Hardware, Guttenberg Public Library, Guttenberg Municipal Building entrance

Edgewood | Community Savings Bank

Elkader | Clayton County High Street Transfer Station

Strawberry Point | Meyer True Value

St. Olaf | St. Olaf Tavern

Volga | DX Station (Can Redemption Building- across from the Volga City Opera House)