What should you do with your broken Christmas lights in Rapid City?

RAPID CITY, S.D. – The Rapid City Solid Waste Division began their annual Christmas light recycling program on Tuesday.

The City is encouraging the public to recycle any non-working lights by bringing them to one of 17 locations throughout the area.

Locations include:

  • Ace Hardware (2): 1602 E. St. Patrick Street and 1724 W. Main Street
  • Western Dakota Tech: 800 Mickelson Drive
  • Boyd’s Drug Stores (2): 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 Street4976 Pounds Of Non Functional Lights Were Collected In 2021
  • Runnings, 1020 N. Lacrosse Street
  • Fleet Farm, 1001 E. Mall Drive
  • Education Center at Landfill: 5165 S. Highway 79
  • Rapid City Restore: 610 E. Omaha Street
  • RC Hardware: 770 Mountain View Road
  • Roosevelt Swim Center: 125 Waterloo Street
  • Menards: 710 N. Creek Drive
  • Granite Buick GMC: 2454 E. Mall Drive
  • Granite Nissan: 2626 E. Mall Drive
  • Carstar Collision Center: 415 E. Omaha Street

The bins will be located at these locations until January 31.

Christmas Light RecyclingThe recycling program both works as an environmentally friendly way to dispose of old lights, as well as prevents them from damaging the city’s recycling system.

“As we decorate for the holiday season, many of us encounter those non-working strings of lights,” said Ria Hannon, City Solid Waste Division 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.”

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