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Recycle Your Holiday Lights

11/27/2023 to 01/15/2024
Recycle Xmas Trees

Do you have strings of holiday lights that don’t work, are hopelessly tangled, or are no longer wanted? Don’t throw them out where they’ll sit for years in a landfill—recycle them!

From now until Jan. 15, 2024, St. Charles residents and businesses can drop off holiday lights (working or non-working) and extension cords to be recycled. Elgin Recycling will haul them away at no cost. In past collections, a ton of lights were  collected—literally.

Accepted Items

  • Traditional Holiday Lights
  • LED Holiday Lights
  • Italian Mini Holiday Lights
  • Rope Lights
  • ExtensionCords

Not Accepted:

  • Pre-lit garland, wreaths, or trees
  • Lighted lawn decorations or ornaments

Drop Off Locations

Drop off is available at locations during regular operating hours, unless listed otherwise. Check location website for operating hours:

St. Charles Public Works Department
1405 S. 7th Avenue
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

St. Charles Municipal Building
2 E. Main Street
8 a.m. -  4:30 p.m.

St. Charles Public Library 
1 S. 6th Avenue

Pottawatomie Community Center
8 North Avenue, St. Charles

Wasco Nursery
41W781 Rt 64, St. Charles

For more information, contact the Public Works Department at 630.377.4405 or email

The program sponsored by the St. Charles Natural Resources Commission, the City of St. Charles, and Elgin Recycling.

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