Rapid City’s Christmas light recycling program starts Friday

Screenshot 2021 11 22 083223RAPID CITY, S.D. — As the holiday season approaches, you’re probably digging out those old lights to do some decorating. If you come across strands that don’t work, Rapid City’s Solid Waste Division has the perfect solution.

Instead of recycling old holiday lights in your bins – which causes machine jams at the Landfill – you can drop off the lights at a number of locations around the city.

“This is the time of year when we encounter those non-working strings of lights as we decorate for the holiday season,” said Ria Harper, Solid Waste outreach coordinator. “We don’t want homeowners to put the lights into the curbside recycling containers because the light strings are what we call ‘tanglers’. When they get into the recycling line at the Landfill, they can get twisted up in the machinery causing backups and delays.”

Residents took full advantage of the program in 2020, with more than three-thousand pounds of lights collected.

Christmas light recycling containers will be placed at the following locations starting Friday, Nov. 26:

  • Ace Hardware: 1602 E. St. Patrick Street and 1724 W. Main Street
  • Western Dakota Tech: 800 Mickelson Drive
  • Boyd’s Drug Stores: Baken Park (entrance to Boyd’s Liquor) and at 909 E. St. Patrick Street
  • Rapid City Public Library, 610 Quincy Street
  • City Hall: 300 Sixth Street
  • Rapid City Public Library: 610 Quincy Street
  • Runnings, 1020 N. Lacrosse Street
  • Fleet Farm, 1001 E. Mall Drive
  • MRF Office Building/Landfill: 5165 S. Highway 79

The bins will be available for drop-offs until January 31, 2022.

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