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Residents of Jackson County can keep some old holiday lights out of the landfill


If you have some un-used holiday lights, you can get rid of them, and keep them out of the landfill.

The Jackson County Health Department and Southern Recycling Center in Carbondale have placed special collection bins at several locations to drop off your old lights - minus any garland or tinsel.

And, Kassidy Phoenix of the Health Department says, you might want to think ahead when you buy new lights.

"One thing you should look for is the LED lights, they last a lot longer and they're also accepted into our recycling program."

The special bins are located at the Carbondale Public Library, the Murphysboro Administrative Building as well as the front and back buildings of the Jackson County Health Department.

Kassidy adds household light bulbs and fluorescent tubes are not accepted.

To learn more, browse to: https://www.jchdonline.org/index.php/topics/r-s/46-programs-and-services/recycling/251-recycling

Kevin Boucher is a retired broadcaster. Most recently he was a news reporter for WSIU radio. He grew up watching nature programs including Mutual of Omaha’s wild kingdom and the many Jacques Cousteau specials which sparked his passion with nature. Kevin also is an avid hiker and loves seeing and writing stories about the many fascinating plants and animals we share our planet with. Kevin is married and has lived in Murphysboro since 1976, after living in many places, including Japan, as the son of a Navy officer.

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