Old Xmas Lights? : Recycle for Kids Cancer

By: Chiara Lotierzo Email
By: Chiara Lotierzo Email

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.


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  • by Linda Location: Loveland, CO on Aug 1, 2010 at 05:02 PM
    Thank you for helping to spread the word about Lights for Life last holiday season! Please check out our Facebook fan page to see what's been happening! With the help of many Ace Hardware stores, we collected over 18 tons of string lights and recently presented three families that have a child with cancer a check in the amount of $2500 from the proceeds of our string light recycling campagne. We at Lights for Life anticipate a record breaking upcoming seasonal campaign! With greater public awareness we believe that we can collect tenfold what we collected last year. Any help you can offer in promoting our cause would be greatly appreciated. We will be cooperating with Rocky Mountain Ace Hardware throughout Colorado, Wyoming, and New Mexico for this seasons campaign starting November 1st and continuing until February 15, 2011. We expect enormous public response! Thank again for your support John & Linda Worthington Lights for Life 970-231-1644
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