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Tis the season to recycle, not trash, those broken Christmas lights

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With the holiday season right around the corner, it’s time to start digging out those festive decorations.

That also means untangling the tree lights and testing the strands to make sure they still work.

What to do when those bulbs no longer light up? Don’t toss the lights in the trash. Instead, let Elgin Recycling take them off your hands.

Since 2009, the company’s annual Holiday Lights Recycling Program, working with businesses and municipalities throughout the Chicagoland area, has helped to keep thousands of pounds of used and broken light strings out of landfills.

That’s because the recycling center is able to process and repurpose the materials, such as copper inside the string of lights and the plastic coatings, for other uses once they have been removed.

Did you know copper is 100 percent recyclable? And it’s the third most recycled metal after iron and aluminum? Researchers estimate that 80 percent of the copper ever mined is still in use today.

Want to go green this holiday season?

Elgin Recycling can customize its Holiday Lights Recycling Program to meet the needs of the individual cities and villages that participate, as well as design a customized program for churches, schools or other community organizations.

By reducing waste, reusing or repurposing end of life items, and recycling those items which cannot be reused, society can help preserve the planet for future generations.

Tis the season to join Elgin Recycling in its efforts to conserve both energy and landfill space. If your city or village does not participate call them to let them know how Elgin Recycling can help, in the meantime you can drop off your lights at anyone of Elgin Recycling’s four locations.

For more information, call Elgin Recycling at (847) 741-4100 or visit http://www.elginrecycling.com.

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