Holiday Light Recycling

Keep those burned out, inefficient, or just plain tacky holiday lights out of the landfill. This holiday season there are a few options for recycling your old strings of lights near the ‘hood:

Whole Foods Markets:  all locations

Maple Leaf Ace Hardware

Girl Scouts of Western WA, collecting for Point Defiance Zoo:  601 Valley Street (just west of Aurora)

When you donate holiday lights, remove all packaging, twist-ties and rubber bands. Place lights directly in the collection bin, with no bags or other extra material.

For other neighborhoods in Seattle and King county, check out the county Solid Waste Division website about holiday light recycling.

Photo at right is of holiday lights recycled by Wallyhood readers last year.


  1. Meredith said,

    What happens to the submitted lights? How was they recycled?

    Fri, November 30 at 5:20 pm
  2. Barb said,

    It appears that some local metal recyclers will take them:

    Fri, November 30 at 8:04 pm
  3. JN said,

    You don’r need to worry about recycling lights when thieves around Wallingford steal yours. Not nice.

    Tue, December 4 at 7:09 am
  4. John Sammons said,

    Apparently NOT Roosevelt Whole Foods, according to their Customer service desk person:
    ” not this year, we don’t have a resource; we would just throw them away.”

    Wed, December 5 at 12:41 pm
  5. Barb said,

    Maple Leaf Ace Hardware instead of Whole Foods, then.

    Wed, December 5 at 1:24 pm
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