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Like batteries, fluorescent lights and electronics, holiday lights shouldn’t be tossed in the garbage. These glistening lights that may have once adorned your trees, porch or home are not biodegradable. They won’t decompose. At least not for hundreds of years. 

Recycling lights allows for the recovery and reuse of copper and other materials.

To keep them out of landfills, here are some strategies to get rid of them and avoid the clutter in your bins of decorations. 


Ace Hardware

Old, unwanted or not working holiday lights can be recycled at the River Falls Ace Hardware, 1163 N. Main St., River Falls.


E-Cycling, 900 Industrial St, Hudson, will also accept holiday lights for recycling at no cost. It’s open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Thursday evenings from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. 

River Falls

Though River Falls Municipal Utilities does not recycle holiday lights all year, it does accept them at the annual Electronic Recycling Event, free to RFMU customers. The next event is scheduled for April 23, 2022.

Pierce County

Pierce County is accepting unwanted holiday lights for recycling at no cost. Recycling drop-off hours are Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 707 N. Maple St. in Ellsworth.


Holiday LEDs

Box up your old Christmas lights for recycling and you’ll receive a coupon good at Send your old lights in at any time during the year in cardboard boxes or other packaging that can easily be recycled.

“Coordinate with your friends, neighbors, co-works, social groups, church groups or other organizations when possible to collect lights and send in one bulk shipment as this reduces shipping costs for everyone and reduces environmental impact of shipping,” explains the website. You can send lights via any shipping method

Once Holiday LED receives your shipment, the packaging material will be recycled and any material that cannot be recycled, like loose bulbs, will be discarded. The lights are then sent to a third party recycling facility. More information visit

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