Holiday strand-lights recycling now available locally | AspenTimes.com

Holiday strand-lights recycling now available locally

The Pitkin County Solid Waste Center and the Aspen Environmental Health Department are encouraging residents to recycle old, broken strands of holiday lighting.

As a new option this year, 90-gallon recycling bins are available to dispose of strand lights. This free service is available year-round at the Rio Grande Recycling Center in Aspen, the Basalt Recycling Center on Midland Avenue and the Pitkin County Solid Waste Center on Highway 82 at mile post 32.

"There are a number of reasons why recycling old holiday lights is a good idea," said Liz O'Connell, Aspen's environmental health specialist. "Holiday lights contain plastic, copper and glass, which are all highly reusable materials. Old, defective holiday lights can be dangerous because their incandescent bulbs get hot and, combined with stripped wiring, can be a fire hazard."

The holiday-light recycling bins are intended to collect holiday lights only. Compact florescent bulbs or tubes should not be dropped off in these bins but can be accepted for recycling at the Pitkin County Solid Waste Center. Holiday light strands must be removed from bags or other containers and all tinsel and ornaments must be removed before dropping them at recycling bins.