Holiday lights recycling
Dispose of unwanted holiday lights the environmentally responsible way.
Residents can drop off holiday lights for recycling at the Public Works Department, at the corner of East Lake Avenue and Shermer Road, November 16, 2020 through February 28, 2021. A receptacle is outside the center for collection marked with a sign.
Acceptable items for recycling include: mini-lights or Italian lights; C7 lights, C9 lights, rope lights, LED lights and extension cords. All colors and lengths of lights will be accepted.
Items that will not be acceptable for recycling include: garlands, live greens, wreaths or other non-recyclable materials.
The Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County and the Village of Glenview have partnered with Elgin Recycling Inc. to take the lights and cords. The strands are separated, baled and sent to be chopped or shredded and sold as a commodity to foundries and mills in the United States.
Call the Public Works Department at (847) 657-3030 with questions.