Program recycles Christmas lights for charity

Photo illustration by Metro Newspaper Service

The Crow Wing County Land Services Department, in cooperation with Sunrise Sertoma of Brainerd and Crow Wing Recycling, is collecting unneeded Christmas lights and extension cords at select locations throughout Crow Wing County.

The copper found in the old extension cords and Christmas lights is recycled through Crow Wing Recycling, keeping these materials out of the county landfill. Proceeds from the recycled materials are donated to local charities.

“We have collected 25 tons since 2006, when the program started,” stated Jeff Hilborn of Sunrise Sertoma in a news release. Over $8,400 has been raised since the program began to help purchase meals at soup kitchens and local food shelves in the Brainerd lakes area.

The following local partners are participating by providing collection containers at their businesses for people to drop off old Christmas lights and extension cords.

  • Ace Hardware, Brainerd, Crosslake, Breezy Point and Emily.

  • Holiday Stationstore, Crosslake, and Mill Avenue, Brainerd.

  • Carlson Hardware, Nisswa.

  • Frandsen Bank, Baxter.

  • Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union, Baxter/Brainerd.

  • Crosby-Ironton Courier, Crosby.

  • Northland Arboretum, Baxter/Brainerd.

  • Pequot Super Valu, Pequot Lakes.

  • Crow Wing County Landfill.

  • Pequot Lakes Visitors Center.

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