Great Parks Recycles Over 11,000 Pounds of Holiday Lights

2022, All, Great Parks News
Strands of blue, green, orange, red, and yellow holiday lights sit in a large pile.

This past holiday season, Great Parks of Hamilton County’s holiday lights recycling program collected 11,840 pounds of lights, the second largest amount in the history of the annual program.

“The amount of copper wiring and other material collected since the start of this program is now an incredible 27 tons,” said Todd Palmeter, CEO of Great Parks. “We are very appreciative of everyone who has joined us on the path toward greater sustainability for the entire region.”

Two individuals stand behind a large check. The check is made out to Great Parks of Hamilton County for their holiday lights recycling drive The check was written by Cohen.
Adam Dumes of Cohen (left), and Todd Palmeter, CEO of Great Parks of Hamilton County (right).

Once again, Great Parks collaborated with Cohen, which presented a $3,372 check to the park district for the material collected this year. Residents were invited to drop off their unwanted lights from December 1, 2021, through February 1, 2022, at six Great Parks locations. Both LED and traditional bulb string lights were accepted for recycling by Cohen.

Last year’s total of 15,700 pounds of lights recycled is still the largest amount in the program’s eight-year history with Great Parks.