Getting rid of old and broken holiday lights? Don't throw them away- recycle them!

Between December 1, 2022 - January 20, 2023 string lights and miscellaneous electrical cords can be dropped off to be recycled at any of the following locations:

woman tangled in holiday lights
SP Regional Water Services 1900 Rice St.
Arlington Hills Library 1200 Payne Ave.
George Latimer Central Library 90 W. 4th St.
Dayton's Bluff Library 645 E 7th St
Hamline Midway Library 1558 W Minnehaha Ave.
Hayden Heights Library 1456 White Bear Ave.
Highland Park Library 1974 Ford Pkwy.
Merriam Park Library 1831 Marshall Ave.
Rice Street Library 1011 Rice St.
Riverview Library 1 East George St.
Rondo Library 461 North Dale St.
Saint Anthony Park Library 2245 Como Ave.
Sun Ray Library 2105 Wilson Ave.
West 7th Library 265 Oneida St.


Accepted items: Holiday lights, electrical cords, telephone cords

NOT Accepted: Cord adaptors, battery packs, plastic rope lights, CFL lights

Holiday Lights Recycling Drop-off Locations


Map of Saint Paul Indicating Locations where Holiday Lights can be Dropped Off for Recycling

Between December and January, the City offers collection for holiday lights at libraries and other locations. Click here to see a map of both seasonal and year-round locations to drop off your broken string lights.


Holiday Lights Recycling Locations




Additional Cardboard Recycling

After gifts have been exchanged for the holidays, there's often a surplus of cardboard. Not only is it difficult to fit all of this into your recycling cart, boxes from new purchases can also draw unwanted attention to your home as a target for thieves. Stay safe and avoid recycling collection issues by participating in these programs. 


Utilize these free City drop-off locations to recycle your excess cardboard. 

Picture of flattened cardboard.


  • Recycling Drop-off Center
    • 309 Como Ave
    • Open Year-round
    • Mon-Fri 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Sat 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • All Household Recyclables are Accepted
    • All Cardboard must be Flattened


All cardboard must be flattened!

Do not set extra cardboard next to your recycling cart- It will not be collected!

Year-round Holiday Lights Recycling Locations

More Disposal Options

Last Edited: March 30, 2022