Putting old Christmas lights to good use

Posted on: 6:29 pm, December 27, 2013, by

CREVE COUER, MO (KTVI)– When you get around to taking down your holiday lights and you want to get rid of them, don’t just pitch them in the trash.

One could say that Craig Jung can find a sparkle in a burnt out bulb.

His group, St. Louis Green, is approaching the home stretch in its annual campaign to collect unwanted holiday lights. Its goal is 136,000 pounds of yuletide wiring.

Although they’ve worn out their welcome, these fixtures still have a future when recycled.

One drop off spot in Creve Couer is one of over 400 sites across the state that have collected the dispensable strands since November.

The ill-fated illuminaries are then sorted at its west county warehouse.

The recycled materials are then used by manufacturers in new products. A portion of the proceeds benefit Operation Food Search, a local food bank. And even though the drive concludes in mid-January, the awareness continues the group’s overall message of sustainability and a green lifestyle.

So even after this not-so-white Christmas, here’s a chance for you to keep it green.