Recycle those blinking lights
Why save the light strings that went dark this Christmas season? Keeping them in the attic isn't going to improve the odds they'll work next year. Maybe it's time to toss 'em all and buy LED lights at the holiday clearance sales.
Recyclers can Recycle Christmas tree lights at the Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce or other city drop-off points. (The chamber office is closed New Year's Eve.)
More ambitious recyclers can drop off the bare Christmas tree for shredding at the Humboldt Park boathouse or other city parks, saving them from the uncertain fate of Streets & Sanitation alley pickup. The park district will make much from the trees available after Jan. 7.