Strings of Christmas Lights
Strings of unwanted Christmas lights may be dropped-off for recycling between November 27, 2017 and January 16, 2018 at two Macon County Environmental Management sites. Residents may drop-off strings of lights at 141 S. Main St., Room 408, Decatur, Illinois during regular business hours* from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or place strings of lights in the outdoor, white collection box at the Macon County Environmental Management Recycling Center at 1750 N. 21st St., Decatur.
Residents may drop-off both working and non-working strings of lights. Packaging should be removed prior to drop-off but bulbs do not need to be removed from light strings.
Questions may be directed to the Macon County Environmental Management Department at 217-425-4505.
Note: Christmas light strings are also being collected for recycling through January 1, 2018 at Lowe’s in Forsyth, Illinois.
* Please note: Macon County offices close at noon on December 22 and 29 and are closed on December 22 and January 1 & 15.
- Ask the tree retailer about return & mulch programs
- Call your waste hauler for their pick-up schedule
- Drop-off at the compost site at 3520 N. Bearsdale Road, Decatur, IL (M-F 7:30 am – 4:00 pm); phone 217/424-1626
Wrapping Paper, Cards & Boxes
To recycle paper wrapping and cardboard or paperboard packaging, first remove any ribbons, plastics & foils. Boxes may be broken down to take up less space. Then, place the items in curbside recycling or drop it off at one of the ten single-stream drop off boxes located throughout Macon County.
Unwanted Household Items
Once the gifts are unwrapped, many households find themselves no longer needing their old electronics, toys or clothing items. Many of these items may be reused or recycled. Refer to the Recycling Guide to learn where items are accepted for reuse and recycling.