Even though Christmas was over a month ago, many of us are still in the process of putting our decorations away. Not pointing any fingers here, but I'm still knee-deep in decorations that need put away. LOL it's a long process.  Well, if you have some old Christmas lights that you need to get rid of, there is a way to get rid of them while saving the environment.

KTTC claims that Rochester residents can take their unwanted, broken Christmas lights to the Rochester Public Utilities (RPU) building to be recycled. The article says that there are four gry buckets outside the building that you can drop your lights off at and they will take care of the rest. They are located at 4000 E. River Rd NE #2813 Rochester, 55906. If you need exact directions, click here.

The article says that RPU started this program back in 2011. Over the duration of this program, they have recycled around 17,000 pounds of Christmas lights. I'm not even sure what to compare that weight to because that is a lot. They say last year alone they collected around 3,000 pounds.

If you do wish to recycle some of your lights, RPU is collecting lights until January 31st. You still have plenty of time to drop them off. Representatives from RPU say that the older lights are not LED lights which means they use more energy. They say that in the long run, LED Christmas lights are better.

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