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Where to recycle holiday lights

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Those old holiday lights that don’t work any longer and are just taking up room in your attic can be easily recycled in Evanston, beginning Sunday.

Acceptable holiday lights for recycling include: mini-lights (or Italian lights), C7 lights, C9 lights, rope lights, LED lights, and extension cords.

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

This year's donations will be recycled through a program supported by the City of Evanston, Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC), and Elgin Recycling.

Here’s where you can take them:

Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd.: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday,
9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Saturday.

Main Evanston Library, 1703 Orrington Ave.: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday, noon – 6 p.m., Sunday.

Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Ave.: 7 a.m. – 9 p.m., Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.

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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