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Recycling Holiday Lights Program

November 08, 2022

This Holiday Season, HSE is asking you to give a gift to the Earth by making the choice to be more sustainable. HSE Schools will be hosting a district wide Holiday Light Recycling Program. Starting December 5st and going until January 13th each school will be collecting old, broken, tangled, or unwanted holiday lights. Technology Recyclers will take these unwanted/unusable lights and break them down into useable components that will be used to make new products.

This will be the third year for the holiday light recycling program!
During the 2020/2021 season you helped collected and recycle 3,519 pounds of holiday lights!
During the 2021/2022 season you helped collect and recycle 4,711 pounds of holiday lights.
In two years of recycling holiday lights, you have helped recycle the equivalent weight of a Ford F250.
Your small choices have helped prevent a total of 8,230 pounds of plastic, metal, and glass from ending up in a landfill. 

You helped make a HUGE impact.  
What can we collect in the 2022/2023 season?
I am asking that each school set up a collection center (large box, crate, trash can) and collect unwanted/unusable holiday lights in a central location in your building (front office, media center, science classroom, environment/eco club). You can help prevent e-waste from ending up in the dumpster this year. Please share this information with your families and help promote the event.
Why Should People Recycle Old Holiday Lights?
- Holiday Lights are not bio-degradable and will spend hundreds of years in a landfill if thrown away.
- Holiday lights are known to get into waterways and oceans. This can lead to animals becoming entangled and dying.
- New ENERGY STAR LED holiday lights are up to 75% more energy efficient than incandescent bulbs.
- LED holiday lights are not as fragile as the thin glass of incandescent bulbs.
- According to the National Fire Protection Association switching to LED holiday lights reduces the chance of Christmas tree fires.
- LED bulbs offer more colors and features while reducing the energy consumed.
- LED holiday lights have a longer lifespan than incandescent bulbs offering on average 25% longer life.
- Holiday lights are made from copper, glass, and plastic—valuable materials that can be recycled, reclaimed, and turned into new products helping preserve our environment!
- Why should you recycle unwanted or unusable Holiday lights?  Because you care about the environment! If you want to keep your lights from going to a landfill and do your part to look after the Earth, recycling your lights is a great way to do it! 
No matter what the reason, resist the urge to throw old holiday lights in the trash. Please participate in HSE district wide Holiday Light Recycling Program this year!
Please do not include any packing material.
Please do not include any apparatus used to wind up or store the lights.
Please do not include lights wrapped in garland.

Please place your lights in the recycling box (many will be stored in the front office, media centers, or science classrooms).
Ask your friends, neighbors, social groups, and family members if they also have lights that need to be recycled.
Do your part to be more sustainable this year.
Additional Information & Resources for Teachers.
Duke Energy Holiday light calculator: https://www.duke-energy.com/energy-education/energy-savings-and-efficiency/holiday-lighting-calculator
Energ.Gov – LED lighting Information: https://www.energy.gov/energysaver/save-electricity-and-fuel/lighting-choices-save-you-money/led-lighting#349182-tab-1
Energy Star Decorative Light String: https://www.energystar.gov/products/lighting_fans/decorative_light_strings
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