Christmas lights dead? Recycle them!

This time of year British Columbians are unboxing their Christmas decorations, including lights. We all know that annoying feeling when you plug in the string of lights and the bulbs are no longer working.

Many people don’t know what to do with that pesky string once it’s reached the end of its useful life. Thankfully, they can be recycled. Many British Columbians aren’t aware of this, and we’re hoping you can help us shed some light on the important concept of light recycling!

In addition to Christmas string lights, our program accepts all kinds of lighting products for recycling ranging from fixtures (think chandeliers, desk lamps, etc.) to burnt out light bulbs including fluorescent tubes, halogen bulbs, CFLs, LEDs, and more.

When it comes to recycling Christmas lights, many of the components such as metal and plastic can be recycled and repurposed for other uses. Residents can drop these lighting products off at one of many recycling locations for free:

Recycle-It Resource Recovery
10095 85th Ave
Fort St. John, BC

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Eco-Depot Recycling
10115 94th Avenue
Fort St. John, BC

D.C. Campbell Recycling
#925 100th Ave
Dawson Creek, BC

Chetwynd Recycling & Bottle Depot
4824 54th Street
Chetwynd, BC

Chetwynd Home Hardware
5000 48th Avenue
Chetwynd, BC

Wide Sky Disposal 1989 Ltd
4501 55th Street
Fort Nelson, BC

— Jeannine Bartz, Product Care Recycling

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