LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – As the weather this Thanksgiving week is predicted to be in the 50s, you may find it a good time to put up outdoor holiday decorations. If you come across any broken string lights, don’t throw them away.

Instead, the city of Lexington’s Department of Environmental Quality and Public Works is partnering with area businesses to host its fifth annual collection drive to recycle them.

“Lights cannot go in curbside recycle carts or mixed recycling dumpsters. They get tangled in equipment, causing delays and damage at the Recycle Center,” said the city in a news release.

Extension cords, light sensors, power strips, timers, electric candles, household batteries, and other electronics can also be donated.

Collection bins will be available to the public from Nov. 23 to Jan. 15.

Where to donate broken string lights, other electronics

  • Crank & Boom – 1210 Manchester St. and 3101 Clays Mill Road #301
  • Electronics Recycling Center – 1306 Versailles Road
  • Good Foods Coop – 455-D Southland Dr.
  • John’s Run/Walk Shop – 317 S. Ashland Ave and 3735 Palomar Centre Dr. Suite 140
  • Kre8Now Makerspace – 305 Codell Dr.
  • Lexington Children’s Theatre – 418 W. Short St.
  • Lyric Theater – 300 E Third St.
  • Perspectives – 352 Longview Plaza
  • Pivot Brewing – 1400 Delaware Avenue
  • Visit Lex – 215 W Main St., Unit 75
  • West Sixth Brewery – 501 W Sixth St.
  • Wild Birds Unlimited – 152 N Locust Hill Dr.

In 2021, the recycle drive collected around 2,400 pounds of lights and other electronics.

For an updated list of locations and to learn more, visit lexingtonky.gov/Lights.