Recycle Your Holidays program is changing, but recycling efforts remain

Don’t know what to do with those old or no-longer-working strings of holiday lights? Making the switch to energy efficient LED holiday lights? Either way, recycle your old lights!

Recycle Your Holidays is a one-of-a-kind statewide holiday light-recycling program in Minnesota created by the Recycling Association of Minnesota (RAM). Although the Recycling Association of Minnesota will no longer be operating the Recycle Your Holidays program, you can still drop off unwanted light strings at participating locations featuring their own light-recycling program during this holiday season.

When RAM and our partners started this collection program seven years ago, few, if any, of these holiday lights, were recycled. Now, thanks to collaborative efforts with so many of you, thousands of Minnesotans now realize the value and importance of recycling these lights and additional recycling opportunities now exist statewide.

While RAM has stepped away from this initiative, many of the same drop-off locations will still be available; others may be added or closed. We will continue to work with the Clean Energy Research Teams (CERT) and other partners to provide and relay collection location information.

To find the nearest location to you, call your city or county solid waste and recycling department or check back soon for an updated map with collection locations.

Year-round drop-offs include:

Andover City Hall – 1685 Crosstown Boulevard, Andover, MN 763-767-5175
Becker County Courthouse (3rd floor by Zoning Dept.) – 915 Lake Avenue, Detroit Lakes, MN
Becker County Transfer Station – 24413 County Hwy 144, Detroit Lakes, MN
Carver County Environmental Center – 116 Peavey Circle, Chaska, MN 952-361-1835
Chisago County Household Hazardous Waste Facility – 39649 Grand Avenue, North Branch, MN 651-213-8921
City of Elk River – 13065 Orono Parkway, Elk River, MN 763-635-1073
City of Hopkins – 1010 1st St S, Hopkins, MN  55343 952-935-8474
Coon Rapids Recycling Center – 1831 111th Avenue Coon Rapids, MN 55433 763-767-6485
Hennepin County Recycling Center and Transfer Station – 8100 Jefferson Highway, Brooklyn Park, MN 55445
Itasca County Transfer Station & Waste Management – 29959 County Road 62, Grand Rapids, MN 218-328-5801
PHASE Recycling – 104 Main Street, Sandstone, MN 320-425-2246
Pope/Douglas Solid Waste Management Recycling Center – 2115 Jefferson Street, Alexandria, MN 320-763-9340
Ramsey County Household Hazardous Waste Facility – 5 Empire Drive, St. Paul, MN 651-633-3279
Rice County Recycling Center & Landfill – 3800 E 145h St., Dundas, MN 55091 507-332-6833
Scott County Household Hazardous Waste Facility – 588 Country Trail E (Hwy 282), Jordan, MN 952-496-8652
South Hennepin Recycling and Problem Waste Drop-Off Center 1400 West 96th Street Bloomington, MN 55431
Steele County Waste Management Recycling Center – 1171 Brady Boulevard, Owatonna, MN 507-456-4894
Washington County Environmental Center – 4039 Cottage Grove Drive, Woodbury, MN 651-430-6655
West Central Industries (WCI) – 1300 22nd St. SW, Willmar, MN  320-235-5310
Jobs Plus – 200 16th Ave SE, Waseca, MN 507-883-1230
ProAct, Inc. – 3195 Neil Armstrong Blvd., Eagan , MN 651-289-3142
WACOSA – 321 Sundial Dr., St. Cloud, MN 320-251-0087 ext. 207


—Information from Recycling Association of Minnesota