IREA extends holiday lights recycling program

IREA has extended its first Holiday Lights Recycling Program.

Through Jan. 31, IREA customers wanting to dispose of any Christmas or holiday lights can drop them off for free at any IREA office. This includes working or non-working incandescent, vintage and all other types of festive lights.

IREA is working with a recycler who will pay for any holiday lights donated through this program. All funds raised in recycling lights will go toward Energy Outreach Colorado, an independent non-profit that provides home energy assistance to low-income Coloradans.

This is your chance to help a worthy cause and also reap the benefits on your electric bill. Newer LED lights are up to 90 percent more efficient. They last much longer and are much more durable and safe than those old lights you’ve used the last 25 years. Many are also cool to the touch, unlike incandescent holiday lights.

Old lights can be dropped off during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, in designated lobby bins at any of IREA’s four offices:

• Conifer – 13404 Old U.S. Highway 285

• Sedalia – 5496 N. U.S. Highway 85

• Strasburg – 1497 Main St.

• Woodland Park – 800 N. Highway 67