More than 4,000 pounds of unneeded Christmas lights, cords collected
The Crow Wing County Land Services Department, in cooperation with Sunrise Sertoma of Brainerd and Kenwood Recycling, collected 4,345 pounds of unneeded Christmas lights and extension cords at select locations throughout Crow Wing County in 2012, making this the most successful season for the “Bites for Lights” program.
The copper found in the old extension cords and Christmas lights is recycled through Kenwood Enterprises, keeping these materials out of the county landfill.
“The money raised through this program is used to help purchase meals at soup kitchens and local food shelves in the Brainerd lakes area,” said Jeff Hilborn of Sunrise Sertoma.
The following groups participated in the program by allowing recycled containers at the business, making it easier for citizens to drop off old Christmas lights and extension cords throughout Crow Wing County: Brainerd Ace Hardware, Carlson Hardware in Nisswa, CTC in Baxter/Brainerd, Crosby-Ironton Courier in Crosby, Crosslake Ace Hardware, Northland Arboretum, Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union in Baxter/Brainerd, Riverwood Bank in Baxter, Emily Ace Hardware, Pequot Lakes Area Chamber and Highway 25 Liquors in Brainerd.