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Recycle unused holiday lights with Lisle parks

As you look through your holiday lights this weekend, the Lisle Partners for Park Foundation hope you will recycle the ones that don’t work with them.

For the third year, the foundation will promote green initiatives in the village while also raising money for the greater community.

“We’ll take lights and extension cords, which will be collected at one of three sites in the village from now through Feb. 1 of next year,” said Rachel Staats, marketing and communications consultant for the Lisle Park District. “We’ve worked up an arrangement with Elgin Recycling where they will collect all the material, weigh it, and then give us a check based on the value of the recycled material per pound.”

Staats said the foundation collected more than 1,300 pounds of material the first year and made $164.

The collection tapered off last year to 788 pounds at a value of about $100. Staats said she is hoping for a rebound this year.

“Hopefully a lot of people got rid of their old lights and are going now with the LEDs, which are better for the environment and last longer,” she said. “This is all part of our ‘Go Green’ and ‘Earth Flag’ initiatives, which include recycling paper, used athletic shoes and crayons.”

Drop-off areas include the Recreation Center, 1925 Ohio St.: from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

Used lights may also be brought to the Community Center, 1825 Short St.: from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sunday.

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