Burnaby now has a place to recycle busted Christmas lights

Christmas lights don’t last forever.

But you don’t have to throw them out in Burnaby. The not-for-profit organization Product Care Recycling says your Christmas string lights can be recycled across B.C., including in Burnaby at the Kitchener Bottle Depot (3931 Graveley St.).

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Drop off is free, making it easy to do the right thing with those broken and burnt-out lights.

“This time of year, British Columbians are unboxing their Christmas decorations, including lights,” said a news release. “We all know that annoying feeling when you plug in the string lights and the bulbs are no longer working. Many people don’t know what to do with that pesky string once it’s reached the end of its useful life. Thankfully, they can be recycled.”

Quick facts:

  • You can recycle all kinds of string lights in B.C – from retro-style incandescent strings to LED garlands which twinkle and blink – Product Care Recycling, Christmas Lights Blog
  • 40 million light bulbs have been diverted from landfill by Product Care since 2010 – Product Care Recycling, 2018 Annual Report 
  • Usage of energy from Christmas lights in B.C. has increased 15% since 2012– B.C Hydro,From Grinch to Griswold 2018 Report
  • 57% of British Columbian’s put up Christmas lights, almost half of which put up three or more stands - B.C Hydro, From Grinch to Griswold 2018 Report.

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