Got a tangle of old holiday lights you want to get rid of?

Well, don’t just leave them on the Christmas tree when you put it out at the curb for recycling — that’s a no-no that would gum up the works in the shredders the city uses to turn this year’s holiday trees into next year’s mulch.

But the city, and the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County, have a solution. You can drop those old lights off at the public library downtown or the Ecology Center between now and Jan. 31.

At the Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd., drop-off hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

At the Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave., drop-off hours are Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
and Sunday noon to 6 p.m.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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