Holiday Lights Recycling

By Sarah Smith, Adult Services

Don’t let burnt out lights ruin your holiday season! If you brought out your holiday decorations and discovered that some of your lights are no longer merry and bright, Carnegie-Stout Public Library and the Dubuque Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Agency are here to help with the Holiday Lights Recycling Program!

You can keep your old and worn-out holiday lights out of the landfill by dropping them off for recycling at any of these four convenient locations:

  • Dubuque Municipal Services Center – 925 Kerper Ct., Dubuque
  • Carnegie-Stout Public Library – 360 W. 11 St., Dubuque
  • Dubuque County Library – 5290 Grand Meadows Dr., Asbury
  • Dubuque Metro Landfill – 101 Airborne Rd., Dubuque (Appointment Required, call 563-557-8220)

This is the third year that Carnegie-Stout Public Library has participated in the Holiday Lights Recycling Program. Last year, Dubuque recycled 3,127 pounds of unwanted holiday lights! How many pounds can we recycle this year?

Drop off your lights for recycling during regular library hours at the second floor Reference Desk. This program will run through January 15, 2023.

Want more ways to keep your holiday season green? Check out this video with Green Iowa AmeriCorps and the DMASWA for tips on sustainable gift wrap:

Do you want to improve your recycling skills even more? Mark your calendar for Thursday, Jan. 26, at 6 p.m. DMASWA Education and Communication Coordinator Bev Wagner will answer your recycling questions and share advice on how to recycle batteries, compost food waste, and more!

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