Bring unwanted holiday lights to City Hall or to nearby Ace Hardware stores for recycling.
Fridley's Municipal Center is a collection point for unwanted holiday lights again this year, Nov. 15, 2012–March 1, 2013. Barrels in the lobby at City Hall are labeled for the type of light strand you wish to recycle. Every part of donated lights will get recycled, according to the Recycling Association of Minnesota. "The Recycling Association of Minnesota (through a member company) uses them for training disabled adults and later recycles the wire," according to the City of Fridley website. If you can't get to City Hall during office hours, try the Ace Hardware stores in Columbia Heights, Coon Rapids or Blaine. Related:
Commenters at the Fridley Patch Facebook page question the term.
What do you call decorative lights at this time of year? An article posted over the weekend, Where to Recycle Your Old Holiday Lights in or Near Fridley, drew a comment at the Fridley Patch Facebook page: What "holiday" would that be? Well, Christmas is the biggie. But not everybody who decorates with strings of lights celebrates Christmas. "Holiday lights" is the phrase that the City of Fridley used in announcing the drop-off box at City Hall for old strings of lights. It's also what the Recycling Association of Minnesota uses to describe its statewide program, Recycle Your Holidays. What do you think? Answer the poll question and leave a comment below.