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Recycle holiday lights at five collection sites throughout Naperville Park District


Above / Naperville Park District is set to collect strings of holiday lights for recycling at five facilities. (Photo courtesy Naperville Park District)

Naperville Park District is offering five convenient locations where residents can drop off their nonworking holiday lights for recycling, beginning November 20, 2023, through February 1, 2024.

Holiday lights collection bins available at Park District locations

  • Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center, 305 W. Jackson Ave. Hours of operation are: 8:30AM to 5PM Monday-Friday.
  • Fort Hill Activity Center, 20 Fort Hill Drive. Hours of operation are: 5AM to 10PM Monday-Friday, 6AM to 7PM Saturday and 7AM to 6PM Sunday.
  • Knoch Knolls Nature Center, 320 Knoch Knolls Rd. Hours of operation are: 9AM to 1PM and 2-4:30PM Monday-Friday and 9AM to 3PM Saturday.
  • Springbrook Golf Course Golf Shop, 2220 W. 83rd. St. Hours of operation are 8AM to 5PM daily in November, 9AM to -4PM Monday-Saturday in December, and 9AM to 3PM Monday-Saturday in January.
  • Naperbrook Golf Course Golf Shop, 22204 W. Hassert Blvd., Plainfield. Hours of operation are 8AM to 5PM daily in November, 9AM to 4PM Monday-Saturday in December, and 9AM to -3PM Monday-Saturday in January 2024.

Additionally, the City of Naperville accepts holiday lights for recycling year-round at the Electronics Recycling Center, 156 Fort Hill Drive, from 7AM to 3PM Monday through Friday.

Recycle… Drop off strings of holiday lights without boxes or bags

The following types of lights will be accepted: Mini-lights, C-7 lights, C-9 lights, Rope lights, LED lights and extension cords. All colors and lengths will be accepted. Remove lights from boxes or bags before dropping them into the containers. Recycling old, nonworking holiday lights not only keeps them out of landfills, but also recovers valuable resources such as refined copper. Glass and plastic also are extracted from the strands of lights. As part of its commitment to environmental stewardship,  Naperville Park District has collected holiday lights since 2010, along with other communities in a regional effort promoted by SCARCE, a DuPage County environmental organization.

Editor’s Note / Learn about recycling all recyclables all year round

In addition to collecting no-longer-working holiday lights, the City of Naperville also has a long history of promoting recycling every day dating back to the 1960s.

The EPA declared November 15 America Recycles Day as part of an initiative to raise awareness and to recycle 50 percent of qualifying materials by the year 2030. In addition to collecting no-longer-working holiday lights, the City of Naperville also has a long history of promoting recycling every day via weekly curbside pick-up and at its Recycling Center.

The City of Naperville Recycling Center is located at 156 Fort Hill Drive. —PN

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Naperville Park District
Naperville Park Districthttp://www.napervilleparks.org/
Created in 1966, the Naperville Park District is an independent, municipal agency serving the recreation needs of its residents. An Illinois Distinguished Agency since 1994, the District is one of only 1% of park districts across the country to be nationally accredited through the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). The Naperville Park District’s mission is to provide recreation and park experiences that promote healthy lives, healthy minds and a healthy community. The District maintains and operates more than 2,400 acres with 137 parks and provides more than 1,500 recreational, arts and environmental programs and special events annually. Included within the District’s operations are two championship golf courses, a multitude of playgrounds, trails, athletic courts and sports fields, Fort Hill Activity Center, Knoch Knolls Nature Center, two inline skating and skateboarding facilities, the Millennium Carillon, a paddle boat quarry, historic Centennial Beach, and the beautiful Riverwalk.