As you're putting up or taking down your holiday decorations this year, remember that strings of holiday lights that no longer work don’t have to be thrown away -- they can be recycled! Holiday lights that you want to dispose of may be dropped off in special collection bins that have been set up throughout Iowa City and Coralville.

The string light recycling program will run through Monday, Jan. 4. Lights are the only item that should be deposited in the special collection bins -- no packaging or other holiday decorations. Lights should not be placed in curbside recycling bins.

Bins are set up in the following locations:

Iowa City:

  • Hy-Vee South, 1720 Waterfront Drive: Blue barrel inside the east entrance
  • Hy-Vee East, 812 S. First Avenue: Blue barrel in the west vestibule
  • Hy-Vee North, 1125 N. Dodge Street: Blue barrel in the can redemption entrance
  • Iowa City Landfill and Recycling Center, 3900 Hebl Avenue SW: Stop at the scale
  • ReStore, 2401 Scott Blvd. SE: North donation entrance, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday


  • Coralville City Hall, 1512 7th Street
  • Coralville Hy-Vee, Lantern Park Plaza, 1914 8th Street
  • Coralville Recreation Center, 1506 8th Street
  • Coralville Recycling Center, 110 E. 7th Street
  • Stuff, Etc., 2818 Commerce Drive

For questions about the Iowa City locations, contact Jennifer Jordan, City of Iowa City Recycling Coordinator, at 319-887-6160. For more information on the Coralville recycling sites, call the Coralville Streets and Solid Waste office at 319-248-1740.

Date of publication

Tuesday, December 22, 2015