Recycle your lights for free


Those old Christmas tree lights that no longer work can still be salvaged for recycling, thanks to the City of Evanston.

Holiday string lighting and extension cords can be dropped off for recycling at the Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd.; the Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave.; or the Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Ave.

Donated lights will be recycled through a program supported by the city, the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC), and Elgin Recycling.

Only the lights and cords are acceptable in this free program.  Garlands, live greens, and wreaths will not be accepted.

The light recycling program will run through Sunday, Jan. 31.


Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio stations and business-oriented magazines.

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