4,600 pounds of Christmas lights, extension cords recycled
The Crow Wing County Land Services Department, in cooperation with Sunrise Sertoma of Brainerd and Kenwood Recycling, collected 4,600 pounds of unneeded Christmas lights and extension cords at select locations throughout Crow Wing County in 2013, making this the most successful season for the Bites for Lights program.
“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 copper found in the old extension cords and Christmas lights is recycled through Kenwood Enterprises, keeping these materials out of the county landfill.
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, Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union in Baxter/Brainerd, Carlson Hardware in Nisswa, Riverwood Bank in Baxter, CTC in Baxter/Brainerd, Emily Ace Hardware, Crosby-Ironton Courier, Pequot Lakes Supervalu, Crosslake Ace Hardware, Highway 25 Liquors in Brainerd and the Northland Arboretum in Brainerd.