Holiday Light Recycling Collection Drive
'Tis the Season to Recycle! Reduce waste and spread cheer this holiday season by donating your broken or unwanted holiday lights to St. Louis Green's 2013 Holiday Light Recycling Drive! This year, St. Louis Green hopes to divert over 136,000 pounds of lights from entering our landfills.
St. Louis Green, in partnership with Walmart, is once again working to collect unwanted holiday lights. With over 300 collection sites, the partnership hopes to continue building off of last year's success. According to St. Louis Green founder, Craig Jung, "Our goal this year is 136,000 pounds of lights diverted from local landfills." Once collected, the lights will be recycled and sent back to manufacturers to be used in new products. A portion of the drive proceeds will go to Operation Food Search, a St. Louis area food bank. The 2013 drive will be returning to Springfield, Columbia, Cape Girardeau, and the Metro East area of Illinois and this year expanding to Branson. The collection sites, including over 75 participating Walmart locations, can be found at http://stlouisgreen.com. Lights can be dropped off at the Walmart locations through December 29th, and all other locations now through January 12th. Last year, the drive received two statewide awards. The Missouri Recycling Association honored both St. Louis Green and Walmart with its Outstanding Collection Program award. In addition, the Missouri Waste Control Coalition gave the retailer and non-profit organization its Outstanding Achievement award for Environmental Stewardship.
Consider replacing your holiday lights with more energy efficient and long-lasting LED holiday lights! This is a great switch for people to make. The Department of Energy has estimated that Christmas lights use as much electricity as half a million homes do in an average month. That’s a ton of power. And it’s expensive. The DOE also says that U.S. households could save a total of $410 million or so in electricity if everyone switched to LEDs.
Holiday Light Campus Bin Locations
University Center, Parking lot H - 175 Edgar Rd. Webster Groves, MO. 63119
Parking Garage/1st level near the Bookstore entrance/exit next to parking lot G - 568 Garden Ave. Webster Groves, MO. 63119
Parking Lot D by Webster Hall, located at 80 Plymouth Ave. Webster Groves, MO. 63119
Holiday Light Bins