Keep Holiday Lights Out of the Landfill!

    Festive lights are mesmerizing to look at during the Holiday season, but not crumpled up in the landfill. Christmas lights usually contain copper and glass (source), which are resources depleting around the world.  Lights are also hazardous to animals and may result in injury or death. Christmas lights are not biodegradable and take hundreds of years to decompose. Please use the resources below to dispose of your lights properly!

    Holiday Light Drives In Nebraska

    Scrap Central

    Lincoln Holiday Light Drive 
    10th Annual Recycle Holiday Lights Drive in Lincoln
    Funds Raised Benefit:

    • Eastridge Elementary PTO
    • Lincoln Fire Fighters Operation Warm 
    • Science Focus Program Booster Club
    • November 15th-January 10th use drop off locations throughout the city of Lincoln.

    Omaha Holiday Light Drive

    • 9th Annual Recycle Holiday Lights Drive in Omaha
    • Funds Raised Benefit:
    • Brownell-Talbot School
    • November 15th- January 10th – Drop off lights at Scrap Central Inc.

    Keep Nebraska City Beautiful 1st Annual Holiday Light Recycling Drive

    • Boutique In the City
    • Morton James Public Library 
    • Nebraska City Tourism and Commerce 
    • Keep Nebraska Beautiful Office 

    Keep Cass County Beautiful Holiday 2nd Annual Light Recycling Drive

    • Beaver Lake Clubhouse
    • Bits and Pieces (Elmwood)
    • Eagle Village Office
    • Louisville City Office
    • Makovicka Physical Therapy (Plattsmouth)
    • Murray Village Office
    • Union Village Office
    • Weeping Water Public Library

    Your local thrift store, such as Goodwill, should accept your working Christmas lights. If your lights are broken or faulty, you may be able to recycle them through your local hardware store, like Ace Hardware or The Home Depot. Make sure to consult with the store for specific detail.

    Sites that Recycle Year Round

    Mail-In Your Lights to Earn Coupons!

    If you send Christmas Light Source your old, broken lights, they will give you 10% off your next order of string lights. All proceeds from the recycling process go towards Toys for Tots!
    Another good option is Holiday LEDs, which offers you 15% off your next purchase if you ship in broken lights.