Please recycle old LED Christmas lights. Here’s how.

Kacy Paide, professional organizer from Washington DC, shares what to do with old Christmas lights instead of throwing them away.

Last week my mom asked me to recycle her old Christmas light strings while I was running errands at Lowe’s. I had never heard of this! I knew that Best Buy takes most electronics, but apparently Lowe’s specifically takes Christmas lights. I just dropped them off at customer service. We need to recycle these for the same reasons we recycle any LED lightbulb. They contain mercury, and light cords may even contain small traces of lead. 

If you don’t live near a Lowe’s you can mail in your old lights to You’ll pay for shipping, but it’s the responsible thing to do. Living in such a disposable culture, we need to help balance that by sometimes making a small sacrifice at the end of the item’s lifecycle. 

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Office Organizing Expert Kacy Paide loves to do what most people hate: organize offices & paper.

She works with folks who are desperate for a more functional, more beautiful, more inspiring office. Kacy has been a Professional Organizer since 2001 and has worked with over 500 clients. Call her crazy, but she loves a good mess and wants to fix yours. Learn her time-tested solutions in her eBook, The Inspired Office: Organize Your Life One Paper at a Time. Based in Silver Spring, MD, Kacy is nationally available for consulting & speaking.