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Algonquin offering free recycling for holiday lights

Lakeside Legacy Foundations employee Patty Bell works Nov. 30, 2016, to decorate a Christmas tree. The village of Algonquin is offering free recycling for holiday decorations that don't work anymore.
Lakeside Legacy Foundations employee Patty Bell works Nov. 30, 2016, to decorate a Christmas tree. The village of Algonquin is offering free recycling for holiday decorations that don't work anymore.

ALGONQUIN – The village of Algonquin is offering free recycling of holiday decorations that don’t work anymore.

When hanging up holiday decorations, sometimes families find that holiday lights turn out to be unusable.

In cooperation with Elgin Recycling, the village is offering light recycling through Jan. 22 at Ganek Municipal Center, 2200 Harnish Drive, according to a news release from the village.

The collection period has been extended for residents who would like to recycle holiday lights after the season ends. A container for unusable or unwanted lights will be available in the center’s lobby during business hours.

Items accepted include mini-lights, C7 lights, C9 lights, rope lights, LED lights and extension cords of any length.

Residents are asked to remove all tinsel, garland, plastic casing and other decoration items from the light sets before they are dropped off.

Household lightbulbs, floodlights, compact fluorescent bulbs or fluorescent bulbs will not be accepted.

Groot also will offer free curbside collection of Christmas trees from Jan. 4 to 26 on regular collection days.

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