You get the tree up. You get the lights out, plug them in, theydon't work.
At this point rather then going through each bulb people tend todiscard the whole line, get a new one and get on with the project.
Readers of this site know what's coming; yes you can recycleChristmas tree lights. The whole strand. You don't have to strip it down.That goes for tree lights and outdoor lights.
The three basic components here are glass, copper and plastic. Each cantake a really long time to break down in a landfill. That's the principalissue here; the room this stuff takes up in landfills. You are not going toget a lot of income in return for recycling these, but there are otherrewards!
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You can go online and look up outfits that recycle Christmaslights.
Here are a couple of links:
What they will do is break them down into the three elements and sellthem as bulk wire, glass, and plastic. The wire is remelted. The glass canbe ground into sand. Plastics are a little dicey, but items made mostly made ofpetroleum products can be reused.
Some of the places are using what they make from these sales ofbulk products to buy books or items for needy kids. So along with less inlandfills, less to leach into the soil as they do disintegrate, you canhelp out some underprivileged kids in the process.
You are going to be mailing these lights by the least expensivemeans allowed by the U.S. Post Office. They certainly don't have to go firstclass postage, so use a plain, cardboard box.
And most of the companies doing this are going to recycle that cardboard, too!