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Posted on: November 20, 2023

Used Holiday Light Collection


Agawam Department of Public Works
November 27 -  January 31

Frustrated with broken holiday lights, or just have a bunch that no longer suits your needs?  No matter what the reason, resist the urge to throw old holiday lights in the curbside trash or recycling collection cart.   Holiday light strings are known as “tanglers” in the recycling industry.  Tanglers are things like plastic bags, ropes, cords, hoses, wires, and light strings that can tangle in the machinery at the recycling plant, which could break the equipment.  Not to mention, endanger the people working.  

  • This program is for light strings only: incandescent, LED, and "icicle" lights with wires and attached bulbs
  • Please DO NOT include window candle lights
  • Please REMOVE all boxes, bags, and packaging before placing lights in the recycling container

Alternative options for recycling light strings would include a mail back program such as

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