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Holiday lights that have lost their twinkle do not belong in landfills. Through Jan. 31, they may be dropped off at the Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd.; the Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave.; or the Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Ave. The City of Evanston is partnering with the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County and Elgin Recycling to provide holiday light recycling again this year.
Holiday lights that will be accepted are mini-lights (or Italian lights), C7 lights, C9 lights, rope lights, LED lights and extension cords. Garlands, live greens and wreaths are not accepted in this free program. Las year, 28 communities across Chicagoland participated in this recycling program and more than 51,000 pounds of holiday lights were recycled instead of being thrown into the landfill. Efforts in Evanston resulted in the recycling of more than 1,200 pounds of holiday lights.