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Free Holiday Light Recycling

City of West Chicago

     As you pull out the boxes of holiday lights and find strands that no longer work, or if you have Halloween lights to get rid of, the City of West Chicago encourages people to recycle them rather than throw them away. Recycling is an environmentally friendly alternative to putting lights in landfills. The City will offer free holiday light recycling beginning November 26, 2010.

     Strands of incandescent and LED holiday lights, and household extension cords in any condition, may be dropped off at the locations listed below during normal business hours. Signs will be posted directing people to the blue holiday light recycling containers. All locations will accept lights and cords for recycling through February 19, 2011; however, City Hall, the Police Department and Water treatment plant will accept lights and cords until March 25, 2011.

     The lights and cords will be collected by Elgin Recycling. They will be stripped and recycled for their copper and plastic parts. No materials will be shipped overseas for disposal..

     In addition to residents, the City also welcomes businesses, schools and other organizations to participate in the program. There is no limit as to how many lights may be dropped off for recycling.

Drop-off Locations:

  • Murphy Ace Hardware, 391 South Neltor Boulevard

  • West Chicago City Hall, 475 Main Street

  • West Chicago Park District Fitness Station, 103 West Washington Street

  • West Chicago Police Department, 325 Spencer Street

  • West Chicago Water Treatment Plant, 1400 West Hawthorne Lane


  • Rosemary Mackey

  • City of West Chicago

    475 Main Street

    West Chicago, Illinois 60185

  • (630) 293-2200



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