GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - Every year more than 200 million strings of incandescent lights are sold in the U.S., and most end up in the landfill.
Now there's a way you can recycle yours and help sick children at the same time.
ACE Hardware stores in Fruita, Palisade and Nucla are participating in a program called "Lights for Life".
Just bring in your old, traditional, incandescent holiday lights for recycling from now until February 15th and you'll get a discount on new LED lights.
Your old lights will be donated to "Lights for Life", a non–profit organization that takes the lights and sells the copper components to raise money for children with cancer.
Mark Liff with ACE Hardware in Fruita says it's a win-win situation, "how simple is it to take something people throw away daily and now you can collect it and with a little effort it goes to an organization that puts a lot into it and it goes back to those families".
Last year "Lights for Life" collected nearly three tons of lights.
LED lights often last ten times longer than traditional lights and are safer to use because they burn cooler.