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Holiday lights not working? Recycle them

Posted at 5:33 AM, Dec 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-03 07:40:04-05

COVINGTON, Ky. — As people put their lights up for the holidays, they inevitably find a strand or two that don't work, but instead of throwing them away, consider recycling them.

The Covington City Hall has a bin setup to collect any used or broken holiday lights which will then be recycled. This effort is in partnership with Keep Covington Beautiful and Cohen Recycling to free up space at local landfills.

Officials said they aren't picky about what kind of lights either. The lights can be newer LED lights or older, traditional bulbs. The city will take them all.

"The wire part of the Christmas light or holiday light strand is really where the value lies and that type of wire is always recyclable," Stephanie Bacher, a supervisor with Covington Solid Waste & Recycling, said. "Any type of reuse, recycling or landfill diversion is extremely important for a number of reasons. We only have so much landfill space."

If you don't feel like driving to Covington, Cohen Recycling has setup similar programs with Great Parks of Hamilton County, Butler County, Dearborn County and other counties across the Tri-State. You can find the list of dropoff locations for old or broken lights by clicking here.