Recycle those holiday lights


The City of Evanston will conduct a holiday light recycling program again this year.

Lights are recycled through a program supported by the City of Evanston, the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County and Elgin Recycling.

Holiday lights can be dropped off for recycling at the Evanston Ecology Center, the Main Evanston Library and the Levy Senior Center.

Holiday lights that will be accepted for this program are: mini-lights (or Italian lights), C7 lights, C9 lights, rope lights, LED lights and extension cords.

Garlands, live greens and wreaths are not accepted in this free program. The holiday light recycling program will begin Dec. 1 and run through Jan. 31.

Drop-off details for each location are:

  • Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd. Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday: 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 847/448-8256.
  • Main Evanston Library, 1703 Orrington Ave. Monday – Thursday: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Friday – Saturday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; and Sunday: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. 847/448-8600.
  • Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Ave. Monday-Friday: 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. 847/448-8250.


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