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Recycle Broken or Unwanted Holiday Lights at All Cape Cod Transfer Stations

Drop off lights for free during the collection drive, running from December to end of January.

November 29, 2023 (Barnstable, MA) – Barnstable County’s Cape Cod Cooperative Extension and AmeriCorps Cape Cod are partnering with all 15 Cape towns to recycle your holiday strand lights for free. Residents can bring in old or non-working holiday lights to be properly recycled at designated holiday lights collection bins found at each transfer station, from this December until the end of January, 2024. Lights will be stripped down and as much material as possible will be recycled. 

“This time of the year, countless strands of holiday lights are thrown away because a single bulb goes out or breaks,” said Kari Parcell, Cape Cod Cooperative Extension’s Municipal Assistance Coordinator. “With this free collection drive, Barnstable County can divert all holiday lights from the landfill, as recycled goods. This helps save the environment by reducing the amount of waste entering our landfills.” 

Holiday lights that are accepted: 

  • Rope lights 
  • Garland lights 
  • C7 and C9 bulbs 
  • Mini lights 
  • LED holiday lights. 

Lights attached to trees cannot be accepted. Other light fixtures, such as lighted angels, stars, or other lighted items cannot be accepted. 


Cape Cod Cooperative Extension is the education department for Barnstable County. Educational programs focus on agriculture, marine resources, horticulture, aquaculture, natural resources, water quality, recycling, household hazardous waste, nutrition, food safety, youth development and environmental education issues facing the county. Extension programs are conducted in Barnstable County in cooperation with the staff at the University of Massachusetts, and The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution–Sea Grant program. 

ABOUT AMERICORPS CAPE COD: AmeriCorps Cape Cod is a national service program operating through Barnstable County. Our program focuses on meeting Cape Cod’s critical and pressing environmental and disaster response needs through a dedication to community service and local collaboration. The program is funded by Barnstable County and through a grant provided by AmeriCorps the Agency. Housing for Corps members and live-in program staff is provided by Barnstable County, the Cape Cod National Seashore, the Town of Barnstable, and the Chatham Conservation Foundation, Inc. AmeriCorps Cape Cod is managed and operated by the Barnstable County Commissioners’ Office with support from the Massachusetts Service Alliance.   


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