District urges recycling of old, valuable Christmas lights

LED Christmas lights are proving to be more popular every year. The regional district invites residents to recycle old incandescent holiday lights for their valuable minerals.

PENTICTON - There's treasure in Christmas lights so make sure to keep them.

At least until they are taken to one of the many recycling depots across the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen. Christmas lights contain recyclable metal wire so the regional district urges residents to turn in their lamps, light strings, flashlights and type of light bulg at the J and C Bottle Depot in Penticton, the T-2 Market Bottle Depot in Oliver and the Osoyoos Bottle Depot.

The Campbell Mountain, Oliver and Keremeos landfills will also accept all lighting equipment and bulbs. Head to the website for more information.

After recycling old incandescent Christmas lights residents can replace them with new LED light strings, which last 10 times longer, use up to 90 per cent less power and reduce the risk of fire. More info on this at the regional district solid waste department at 250-490-4129 or toll-free at 1-877-610-3737.

And starting on Jan. 1 the 75-watt and 100-watt incandescent bulbs will no longer be produced. The Canadian government is revising the current minimum energy performance standards for light bulbs.

The new standard will allow light bulbs that use 28 per cent less electricity to be imported into Canada if they are manufactured on or after Jan. 1 for replacements for 75 and 100-watt bulbs.

To contact a reporter for this story, to send photos or videos, email Shannon Quesnel at squesnel@infotelnews.ca, call 250-488-3065, send tweets to @shannonquesnel1 or @InfoNewsPentict.

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