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Holiday lights recycling program returns

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013 8:45 p.m. CDT

The DeKalb County Health Department has announced the 2013 Holiday Light Recycling Program will run from Nov. 18 until Jan. 13, 2014.

“This year, we will partner with DeKalb Iron and Metal (DIMCO) to recycle the lights,” said Christel Springmire, solid waste and recycling program coordinator. “Partnering with a local service provider leads to a more sustainable program for DeKalb County.”

Lights that will be accepted for this program are: minilights (or Italian lights), C7 lights, C9 lights, rope lights, LED lights, and extension cords.

Residents can drop off their old holiday lights at the following drop off locations during normal operating hours:

• DeKalb County Farm Bureau, 1350 W. Prairie Drive, Sycamore

• Sycamore Centre, 308 W. State St., Sycamore

• Screwballs T-Shirts and Signs, 125 E. Lincoln Highway, Waterman

• DeKalb Municipal Building, 200 S. Fourth St., DeKalb

• DeKalb County Health Department, 2550 N. Annie Glidden Road, DeKalb

• DeKalb Park District Sports & Rec Center, 1765 S. Fourth St., DeKalb

• Haish Gym, 303 S. Ninth St., DeKalb

• Genoa City Hall, 333 E. First St., Genoa

Year after year, residents test bulbs and replace fuses. When that doesn’t work, the lights often end up in the garbage. With this program, DeKalb County can divert holiday lights that would normally end up in a landfill.

For more information, contact Springmire at 815-758-6673.

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