Holiday Recycling

String of holiday lights

Lights recycling

Don’t know what to do with those old or non-working holiday lights? Making the switch to energy efficient LED holiday lights? Recycle your old lights! Residents can drop-off any unwanted holiday lights at ACE Hardware at 670 Water Street South during the holiday season or at any point during the year at Rice County Solid Waste and Recycling Center. ACE is collecting old lights through January.

Christmas tree recycling

After Christmas, you can place your real trees out for curbside yard waste pick up during the first two weeks of the new year. DSI is collecting trees on Monday, January 6 and Monday, January 13, 2020. Please call ahead if possible to 952-469-5161. 

Additionally, trees taken to White Sands Dog Park in Faribault will be collected by Goat Dispatch, who will give them to goats to be “recycled.”

Green gifts

Before you go out shopping this holiday season, take a moment to consider going green.

  • Ditch the busy malls and world of online shopping and instead focus on treating your loved ones to an experience, like tickets to a hockey game or a set of cooking classes. Remember, time spent with one another can be the most treasured gift of all.
  • Instead of buying low quality goods which will be thrown away or used up quickly, but high quality gifts which will last a long time, and therefore will require less resources to replace over and over again. This way your friends and family won’t have to worry about dealing with the hassle of a broken or used up gift down the line!
  • Consider creating your own or buying handmade gifts for your loved ones. Locally made gifts often have traveled a shorter distance to arrive to you, which means they have used less fossil fuels!
  • Reduce your waste and save money by using fabric or reusable bags to wrap your presents. Help yourself and the environment by avoiding throwing away tons of trash each Christmas by lowering the amount of trash you create!
  • Thrifting is a great way to buy used goods and help reduce the amount of still functioning goods in landfills!

It can be difficult to balance celebrating the season and sustainable living, but even small, conscious changes make a difference!