Bites for Lights' recycling program collects 4,600 pounds of lights
Bites for Lights had its most successful season to date in 2013 collecting 4,600 pounds of unneeded Christmas lights and extension cords at select locations throughout Crow Wing County.
The Crow Wing County Land Services Department, in cooperation with Sunrise Sertoma of Brainerd, and Kenwood Recycling, collected the lights.
“The money raised through this program is used to help purchase meals at soup kitchens and local food shelves in the Brainerd lakes area” said Jeff Hilborn of Sunrise Sertoma, in a news release.
The copper found in the old extension cords and Christmas lights is recycled through Kenwood Enterprises, keeping these materials out of the county landfill.
The following groups participated in the program by allowing recycled containers at the business, making it easier for people to drop-off old Christmas lights and extension cords throughout the county.
Participating sites included, Brainerd Ace Hardware, Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union in Baxter and Brainerd, Carlson Hardware in Nisswa, Riverwood Bank in Baxter, Consolidated Telecommunications Co. in Baxter and Brainerd, Emily Ace Hardware, Crosby-Ironton Courier in Crosby, Pequot Lakes SuperValu, Crosslake Ace Hardware, Highway 25 Liquors and the Northland Arboretum.