Mid Michigan Waste Authority is teaming up with several community partners to make the upcoming holidays a little greener. Through MMWA’s first ever Holiday Light Recycling Drive, area residents can work together to keep thousands of strings of lights out of the landfill.
“We hope people will remember the holiday light drive as they are putting up and taking down their trees this year,” said Carol Somers, Mid Michigan Waste Authority Public Education Specialist. “We know it’s likely that people will find some light strands that no longer work, and this is a great way to dispose of them properly, while helping a worthwhile cause.”
Residents can drop off their unwanted holiday lights at eight locations throughout Saginaw County from November 15 through January 15, 2016. Rifkin Scrap Metal and Iron is providing a rebate for the lights, with all proceeds going to the CAN (Child Abuse and Neglect) Council of the Great Lakes Bay Region.
Blue collection bins will be located at the following drop-off sites: Ace Hardware 207 W Broad St, Chesaning; The CAN Council 1311 N Michigan Ave, Saginaw; Mid Michigan Waste Authority 2063 S Miller Rd, Saginaw; St. Charles District Library 104 W Spruce St, St. Charles; Quilted Cottage 7075 Gratiot Rd, Saginaw; Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy 1903 N Niagara St, Saginaw; Thomas Twp Public Safety Building 8215 Shields Dr., Saginaw; Zilwaukee City Administration Building 319 Tittabawassee Rd., Saginaw.
When deposited in a landfill, it takes between 100 and 1000 years for holiday lights to decompose, but through the recycling drive old lights will find new life. Getting rid of old holiday lights is also a great opportunity to make the switch to LED lights, which last longer, and are more energy efficient and durable. To learn more about Mid Michigan Waste Authority, visit www.recyclemotion.org.