Yes, you can recycle your old Christmas lights. Many local retail stores (and towns) now offer christmas light recycling service for free including; Lowe's, Home Depot and Menard's.
- Home Depot - http://ext.homedepot.com/community/blog/save-on-le
- Lowes - Should have a drop off box. May want to call just to be sure the have a christmas light recycle programs at your local store.
- Walmart - May have christmas light recycling in store entry way in giant boxes. Call your local store first.
- HolidayLEDs.com, Christmas Light Recycling Program - http://www.holidayleds.com/holidayledscom_christma
- Earth911.com - Use to find local recycling options for christmas lights. http://search.earth911.com/
When you go to buy new Christmas light, be sure to get LED Christmas lights, which will lower your energy bill. LED lights are 80 percent more energy efficient than the old incandescent lights and LED lights can last up to 20 years. Compare that to incandescent christmas lights, that usually don't last more than one year. Another benefit of LED christmas lights is that they don't heat up so they are a safer option for Christmas tree decorating.