Ecolibrium3 is a drop-off location for the Recycle your Holidays ™ program sponsored by The Recycling Association of Minnesota (RAM) and the Clean Energy Resource Teams.
Recycle Your Holidays™ recycles every part of the light strings.Even the little lights are recycled by another project partner, Green Lights Recycling. Our goal last year was to recycle 50,000 pounds of lights which we more than doubled! This year our goal is to recycle over 200,000 light strands and to encourage Minnesotans to use LED light strands instead, which will save a lot of energy.
This is a great chance to combine recycling with energy efficiency. Now is the time to get rid of broken light strands and upgrade to new, high-efficient LED holiday lights from your local hardware store. According to the Department of Energy, running LED holiday lights on one 6-foot tree for 12 hours per day for 40 days can save 90% or more energy when compared to traditional incandescent holiday lights. Over the past two years, Recycle Your Holidays™ has saved 2.7 million kWh with 280,000 lbs of lights recycled because recycling is more efficient than creating new metal from scratch. This amounts to a bit over $200,000 in avoided energy costs!
Lights can be dropped off during Ecolibrium3 business hours of 9:00-4:45 Monday through Friday at 2304 W. Superior Street, Duluth, MN 55806. To find other drop-off locations, an interactive map is located at: www.cleanenergyresourceteams.org/campaigns/ryh-11-12