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Recycle those Holiday Lights

Nov. 1, 2019 to Jan. 31, 2020

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! Beginning Nov. 1, St. Charles residents and businesses can drop off lights (working or non-working) and electrical cords at convenient locations around town. Elgin Recycling will haul them away at no cost. A ton of lights were collected last year—literally.  

Accepted Items: 

  • Traditional Holiday Lights 
  • LED Holiday Lights 
  • Italian Mini Holiday Lights 
  • Rope Lights 
  • Extension Cords 

Not Accepted: 

Holiday string lights that are attached to garland, live greens, wreaths, Christmas trees, lawn decorations/ornaments or other non-recyclables. 

Drop Off During Regular Business Hours 

Ace Hardware 

2650 E. Main St, St. Charles 

Blue Goose Market 

300 S. 2nd Street, St. Charles 

Heinz Brothers Greenhouse Garden Center 

2010 E. Main Street, St. Charles 

Hickory Knolls Discover Center 

3795 Campton Hills Road, St. Charles 

Pottawatomie Community Center 

8 North Avenue, St. Charles 

St. Charles History Museum 

215 E Main Street, St. Charles 

St. Charles Public Library

1 S. 6th Avenue

St. Charles Public Works Lobby 

1405 S. 7th Avenue, St. Charles 

St. Charles Township Offices 

1725 Dean Street, St. Charles 

For more information, call City of St. Charles Public Works Department at 630-377-4405 or e-mail  

updated Jan 03, 2020