Christmas Lights Recycling

Holiday Lights Recycling
until January 25, 2019

As the holiday season approaches, many residents start decorating their home with strings of Christmas lights.  Often times they find that the lights no longer work and into the garbage they go.  Rather than have the lights end up in the landfill, the Ogle County Solid Waste Management Department (OCSWMD) encourages residents to recycle their holiday lights.

OCSWMD is working with local fire departments, and city/village halls to collect and recycle the holiday lights.  Light strings that will be accepted include Italian mini-lights, traditional lights (larger glass bulbs), rope lights, LED lights, and other similar string lights.  Extension cords will also be accepted.  Garland, live greens and wreaths, and other decorations will not be accepted.  The lights will be sent to a regional recycling facility where they will be separated into their different components and processed for use in new products.

Drop-off locations were at:  Ogle County Solid Waste Management Department (909 West Pines Road, Oregon); Ogle County Courthouse (105 S. 5th Street, Oregon); Byron Fire Department (123 N. Franklin Street); Rochelle Fire Department (401 5th Avenue); Mt. Morris Fire Department (15 East Center Street); Stillman Valley Fire Department (200 S. Rural Street); Forreston Village Hall (102 S. Walnut Street), Village of Davis Junction (207 North Elm Street) and the City of Polo (115 S. Franklin Street).

Any proceeds received from the recycling of the lights and wires will be donated to United Way in Ogle County.  For more information, call the OCSWMD at 815-732-4020.

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