Dispose of Holiday Lights Right

Do not place holiday lights (tanglers) in your curbside recycling. Tanglers, including holiday lights and power cords, cannot be recycled in your home recycling bin and will cause problems and shutdowns at the local recycling facility.

Recycle your broken, burned out strings of lights, power strips and power cords at the Solid Waste District. The District accepts strands of lights year-round at 4750 East 131 Street in Garfield Heights. Drop off light strings in the building vestibule during business hours Monday-Friday from  8:30 AM-4:30 PM. The District has collected and recycled holiday lights and light strings since 2012.

No bags or boxes in the recycling bin, please. Place items loose in our vestibule drop box and take all bags, boxes and containers home with you. Light strings are recycled by a Cleveland company to benefit the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Lights for Lions program. Artificial trees, solar lights and outdoor spotlights are not accepted.


The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo collects Lights for Lions to support lion and cheetah conservation efforts. Drop off bins are at the Zoo gates from mid-November - January 31.

Some city service departments accept holiday lights from residents in the winter months. To find collection information for your community, use this website’s geolocation services, or choose your community from the green ‘Select a City’ drop-down at the top of the page and click 'See Details.' 

During the Christmas season, retailers including Home Depot and Lowe's Home Improvement have collection bins for holiday lights. Check at your local store. Christmas Light Source and HolidayLEDs also offer recycling and rebate programs for strings of lights.



Looking to recycle, donate or dispose of other items? Use the dark blue 'What Do I Do With?' search bar at the top of every page of this website. Allow location services or use the city drop-down to find opportunities in your local area.