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A greener holiday: Recycle your old holiday lights and help wildlife conservation efforts at the same time

If you have burned out holiday lights or strands you don't use just sitting around, don't throw them away! There's a local program that recycles them.

GARFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio — Pandemic or not, people generate a lot more trash around the holiday season.

3News talked to the experts at the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District about some simple steps you can take to be a little "greener" around the holidays.

Christmas and holiday lights are beautiful to look at, but if you put them up you know it can be a struggle.

They're tangled or broken or burned out, but did you know you don't have to just throw them away? The Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District can actually recycle them!

Education specialist Carin Miller tells us right now it can even help with wildlife conservation through a program with Cleveland Metroparks Zoo called "Lights for Lions."

"You can bring your lights here and drop them off and we will make sure they get recycled," Miller told 3News. "We partner with the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo on their light recycling program, where the recycled lights benefit their lion and cheetah conservation program."

The partnership for the "Lights for Lions" program runs through Jan. 31, 2021. You can either drop off your lights at the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District or at the main entrance to the zoo.

If you can't get there before the end of January, the county actually offers their holiday light recycling program year-round. They also accept power cords and power strips for recycling.

Items can be dropped off at their facility located at 4750 East 131st Street in Garfield Heights. For more information on recycling, visit the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District website.