City of Saginaw MI -
MMWA Holiday Light Recycling Drive returns Nov 15 - Jan 15
Project gives new life to old lights, raises funds for CAN Council
Mid Michigan Waste Authority is again teaming up with several community partners to make the upcoming holidays a little greener with its annual Holiday Light Recycling Drive.
The project kicks off on America Recycles Day – November 15 – just as many people are pulling out their holiday decorations for the season. It runs through January 15, 2018.
In the first two years of the popular project, nearly three tons of unwanted holiday lights were collected, keeping thousands of strings of lights out of the landfill. When deposited in a landfill, it takes between 100 and 1,000 years for holiday lights to decompose, but through the recycling drive old lights will find new life.
All sizes, styles and colors of indoor and outdoor string lights can be donated.
Residents can drop off their lights at ten locations throughout Saginaw County, plus a new Gratiot County drop-off site at the Wheeler Township Office. Collection bins can be found at:
- Bridgeport Twp Governmental Center
6206 Dixie Highway, Bridgeport
The CAN Council
1311 N Michigan Ave, Saginaw
Kochville Twp Office
5851 Mackinaw Rd, Saginaw
Mid Michigan Waste Authority
2063 S Miller Rd, Saginaw
Richland Twp Administrative Office
1180 N Hemlock Rd, Hemlock
Saginaw Twp Dept of Public Services
4870 Shattuck Rd, Saginaw
St. Charles Public Library
104 W Spruce St, St. Charles
Thomas Twp Public Safety Building
8215 Shields Dr, Saginaw
Tittabawassee Twp Park
(during Freeland Light Show starting 11/24)
9200 Midland Rd, Freeland
Wheeler Twp Office
8510 E Monroe Rd, Wheeler
Zilwaukee City Administration Building
319 Tittabawassee Rd, Saginaw
MMWA is again joining forces with Gary Shepard, organizer of the beloved Freeland Light Show, which runs November 24 through January 1 at Tittabawassee Twp Park, with shows from 5:30pm to 10:20pm daily. Visitors to the show may drop off lights at the collection bin located in the park.
The lights will be processed by Rifkin Scrap Metal and Iron, a local company that will send the constituent materials to a processor. The refined materials will then move on to manufacturers to be used in new products. Rifkin 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.
Residents should not place holiday lights in their recycling bins or cans at home, as they are not an item accepted through the MMWA curbside recycling program.
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.
Mid Michigan Waste Authority is a government entity providing comprehensive residential solid waste services to approximately 200,000 residents in 34 communities across the greater Saginaw Valley. To learn more about MMWA, visit the Authority’s newly redesigned website at www.recyclemotion.org.
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