How can Kent County Department of Public Works help?
Explore the waste stream options below for how you can reuse, recycle, compost, or dispose of the item you are trying to get rid of through a KCDPW facility or service.
If your string lights are still in great shape and you just don’t have a use for them anymore, consider donating or repurposing it! Facebook Marketplace, Freecycle, Craigslist, or your local BuyNothing Project group are all great places to give away items. Check out some of the Community Disposal Outlets below for any places that accept donations.
String lights cannot be composted, due to the presence of man-made materials like plastics.
String lights SHOULD NEVER go in your curbside recycling cart or in our recycling drop-off stations.
Due to their flexible nature, Christmas lights, holiday lights, patio lights, and other string lights can wrap around sorting equipment, clog machines, and tangle up other recyclables preventing them from getting sorted and recycled at all.
Electronics, except those with hazardous materials in them, can be recycled through Kent County Department of Public Work’s 3 residential electronics recycling drop-offs for FREE:
The links above can provide the location address and hours of service. No businesses, schools, non-profits, etc. — strictly residential.
Check out some of the Community Diposal Outlets below for any places that accept donations or recycling.
Hazardous waste disposal does not apply to holiday string lights.
Keeping string lights out of the landfill, when possible, and into reuse or at least recycled ensures we give those valuable resources a second chance at life and use!
Below you will find businesses and community outlets that may accept this item/material.