Photo: How to recycle old holiday lights

Various retailers often host holiday light exchanges. (Credit: Microsoft Images)

Making the switch to more energy-efficient LED (light-emitting diode) holiday lights is an excellent tradition to establish this year. LEDs use 90 per cent less energy, last 10 times longer, and are more durable because they don't have filaments or glass bulbs like traditional lights. Where they don't differ much is in the price. You might also want to purchase a timer to save even more money on your utility bill.

As for recycling that old string of lights, you have options:

Most regional recycling facilities can help. Find out what you can recycle in your area by contacting your province's Recycling Council. You can also visit the website of your utility provider.

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Various retailers, such as Home Depot, often host holiday light exchanges. Find out if your local hardware store is collecting old strings. Some stores will even reward your recycling and energy-saving efforts by offering discounts on new LED options.

Some e-commerce companies, such as Holiday LEDs, offer free programs to recycle your lights, but you will have to pay to ship the lights to their location (mostly in the US).

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