Holiday Light Recycling
On an average day, a typical Minnesotan creates roughly six pounds of waste. But from Thanksgiving to New Years Day, household waste increases by more than 25%. Added food waste, shopping bags, packaging, wrapping paper, bows and ribbons – it all adds up to an additional 1 million tons a week to the nation's garbage piles.
In an effort to reduce the 25% increase during the holidays in Rice County we will be sending out weekly ideas on waste reduction and/or recycling for the holidays. We are challenging Rice County residents to commit to doing at least one of the ideas (or better yet all of the ideas) throughout the holiday season.
With the holiday season upon us, many of us are dealing with the problem of what to do with old and unwanted holiday lights. Don’t throw your lights in the garbage – recycle them!
As in years past, Rice County will be collecting Holiday Lights for recycling. Bins are located near the front entrance at the Government Services Building (320 Third Street NW, Faribault) and can also be dropped off at the Rice County Recycling Center/Landfill (3800 145th Street East, Dundas). The lights are recycled through The Recycling Association of Minnesota (RAM). According to RAM:
“The program is promoted statewide in partnership with WCCO, Great River Energy, Ace Hardware stores, and CERTS (Clean Energy Resource Teams). It employs over 200 individuals with disabilities at vocational centers throughout the state of Minnesota. Every part of the strand is dismantled by vocational center clients and properly recycled locally.”
Lights can also be dropped off for recycling at the ACE Hardware Stores in Northfield (670 Water Street South) and Faribault (421 Second Avenue NW) through January 15, 2014.
Thank you for your participation and look for idea #2 next week!!
Brad Behrens, Rice County Environmental Technician, (507) 332-6833
Julie Runkel, Rice County Environmental Services Director, (507) 332-6113