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Holiday Lights Recycling Event

Cohen makes it simple to recycle your unwanted or non-working decorative lights. Join us and our local partners this year in keeping lights out of landfills and reducing waste as you celebrate the holidays.

Drop off lights Nov 1. - Feb 1

Cohen has partnered with local organizations to make it simple for area residents to recycle their unwanted or non-working decorative lights. For the 2020-2021 holiday season, we have more participating locations than ever! Keep scrolling to find the location closest to you.

All kinds of string lights are accepted during this event, including traditional and LED-style bulbs. Other electric holiday yard decorations, such as a projector or the motor on an inflatable character, may be recycled at a Cohen Recycling Center – visit the Find a Location page and call ahead for more information on recycling these items.

Leave lights loose (no boxes or bags)

You can help streamline the recycling process by including ONLY lights (no other recyclables or scrap) and by taking your boxes, bags and other containers back with you. We appreciate your help!


Where to Take Your Lights

Great Parks of Hamilton County: 6 Locations

A valid Motor Vehicle Permit is required to enter the parks. Cost for residents of Hamilton County: $10 annual/$5 daily; other visitors: $16 annual/$8 daily. Otto Armleder Memorial Park and Fernbank Park are cooperative ventures with the City of Cincinnati; a Motor Vehicle Permit is not required. 

Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve
3455 Poole Road Cincinnati, OH 45239

Glenwood Gardens
10397 Springfield Pike Cincinnati, OH 45215

Miami Whitewater Forest
9001 Mt. Hope Road Harrison, OH 45030

Sharon Woods
11450 Lebanon Road Sharonville, OH 45241

Winton Woods
10245 Winton Road Cincinnati, OH 45231

Woodland Mound
8250 Old Kellogg Road Cincinnati, OH 45255

Visit Great Parks of Hamilton County at greatparks.org

Five Rivers MetroParks: 6 Locations

2nd Street Market
600 E. Second St. Dayton, OH 45402

Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark
1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave., Dayton, OH 45414

Wesleyan MetroPark – Adventure Central
2222 N. James H. McGee Blvd. Dayton, OH 45417

Carriage Hill MetroPark
7800 E. Shull Rd., Dayton, OH 45424

Sugarcreek MetroPark
4178 Conference Rd., Bellbrook, OH 45305

Possum Creek MetroPark
4790 Frytown Rd., Dayton, OH 45417

Visit Five Rivers MetroParks at metroparks.org

Other Participating Locations:

Ohio – Butler County

Voice of America MetroPark
7850 VOA Park Drive, West Chester, OH  45069

Rentschler Forest MetroPark – Reigart Road Area
5701 Reigart Road, Fairfield Township, OH  45011

Forest Run MetroPark – Timberman Ridge Area
1976 Timberman Road, Hamilton, OH 45013

Elk Creek MetroPark – Meadow Ridge Area
5101 Circle Parkway, Middletown OH 45042

Visit MetroParks of Butler County at yourmetroparks.net

Ohio – Centerville/Washington Twp., Montgomery County

Activity Center Park – Park Headquarters
221 North Main Street Centerville, Ohio 45459

Bill Yeck Park – Smith House
2330 East Centerville-Station Road, Centerville, Ohio 45459

Oak Grove Park – Dog Park
1790 East Social Row, Centerville, Ohio 45458

Park Operations Building
354 Congress Park Drive, Centerville Ohio 45459

Schoolhouse Park
1875 Nutt Road, Centerville, Ohio 45458

Ohio – Warren County

Warren County Administration Building
406 Justice Drive, Lebanon, OH 45036

Armco Park
1223 OH-741, Lebanon, OH 45036

Landen Deerfield Park
2258 US -22, Maineville, OH 45039

Franklin Township Administration Building
418 Fairview Drive, Franklin, OH 45005

Franklin Township Fire Station #19
3773 Robinson-Vail Rd, Franklin, OH 45005

Deerfield Township Administration Office
4900 Parkway Drive, Deerfield Township, OH 45040

Deerfield Township Fire Station #57
3435 US Route 22 & 3, Deerfield Township, OH 45140

Mason Community Center
6050 Mason Montgomery Rd., Mason, OH 45040

Springboro Admin Building
320 W. Central Ave. Springboro, OH 45066

Springboro Performing Arts Center (PAC)
115 Wright Station Way, Springboro, OH 45066

Hamilton Township Administration Building
7780 S. State Route 48,  Maineville, OH 45039

City of Franklin
1 Benjamin Franklin Way, Franklin, OH 45005

Ohio – Clermont County

Shor Park
4659 Tealtown Rd, Milford, OH 45150

Pierce Township Administrative Office
950 Locust Corner Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45245

Cincinnati Nature Center
Rowe Woods Visitor Center
4949 Tealtown Road Milford, OH 45150

Clermont County Soil & Water Conservation District
Clermont County Fairgrounds
1000 Locust St. Owensville, OH 45160

Clermont County Water Resources
4400 Haskell Lane Batavia, OH 45103

Ohio – Greene County

Greene County Environmental Services
2145 Greene Way Blvd. Xenia, OH  45385

Ohio – Preble County

Preble County Sanitary Landfill
4239 US 127 South, Eaton, Ohio 45320

Indiana – Dearborn County

Dearborn County Recycling Center
10700 Prospect Lane, Aurora, IN 47001

Kentucky – Campbell County

Campbell County Administration Building, 1st Floor Lobby
1098 Monmouth Street Newport, KY 41071

Campbell County Clerk’s Office, Upper Level Entrance
8330 W Main Street, Alexandria, KY 41001

Kentucky – Boone County

Boone County Public Works Office
5645 Idlewild Road, Burlington, KY 41005

Boone County Conservation District
6028 Camp Ernst Road, Burlington, KY 41005

Can't get to a drop-off point? Collecting lights on your own?

All Cohen Recycling Centers accept lights for recycling year-round.
Find your nearest recycling center and hours.



String lights are graded as No. 4 Copper scrap because they also contain non-metals.


Americans generate an additional 7 million pounds of waste between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day.


was the first U.S. President to have a Christmas tree lit by electric lights.

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