Holiday Light Recycling 2014-2015



This program is now run by counties and vocational centers.

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Drop off your old tangled and broken holiday lights at any participating location during the holiday season as part of Recycle Your Holidays!

Recycle Your Holidays takes place from November 15 through the end of January each year. Nearly 740,000 pounds of holiday lights have been recycled since the program’s start. Strands are dismantled by individuals with disabilities at vocational centers in Minnesota and recycled locally. See press release to learn more.

Did you know that the average Minnesota home can save between $10 to $250 each holiday season by switching to LED holiday lighting? When you replace those old lights, try some LEDs this year!
Recycle Your Holidays

Recycling Association of Minnesota This is a project of the Recycling Association of Minnesota: The Recycling Association of Minnesota (RAM) is committed to promoting resource conservation through waste prevention, reuse, recycling, composting and purchasing practices using the most cost effective and environmentally sound methods available in Minnesota. Learn more at

Save energy and money: Switch to LEDs

LED Holiday Lights For many Minnesotans, the house, porch, shrubs and trees are donned with holiday lights. Depending on one’s holiday lighting enthusiasm, a home can save between $10 to $250 each holiday season by switching to LED holiday lighting. This is because, according to the Department of Energy, LED holiday lights save up to 90% of the energy used by traditional incandescent holiday lights. LEDs are also safer, sturdier, longer lasting, and easier to install.

For every old holiday lighting string recycled and replaced with more efficient LED holiday lighting, 19 kilowatt-hours of electricity are saved over the course of the holiday season. This is the same amount of energy as a common CFL household light bulb would use if left on for 24 hours a day for 2 months straight!

RAM has recycled nearly 740,000 pounds of holiday lighting since the inception of this program. If even half of these light strands were upgraded to more efficient LED holiday lighting, Minnesotans are saving over 6.8 million kilowatt-hours and $533,000 year after year. That’s enough energy to power the electricity of 601 homes for an entire year!

Learn more about LED holiday lights from ENERGY STAR >>

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