Bites for Lights Christmas light program begins in Crow Wing County

Donations of unneeded lights and extension cords support area soup kitchens and food shelves.

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The Crow Wing County Land Services Department, in cooperation with Sunrise Sertoma of Brainerd and Crow Wing Recycling, is collecting unneeded Christmas lights and extension cords at select locations throughout Crow Wing County.

The copper found in the old extension cords and Christmas lights is recycled through Crow Wing Recycling, keeping these materials out of the county landfill.

Proceeds from the recycled materials are donated to local charities.

“We have collected 32 tons since 2006, when the program started,” Jeff Hilborn, of Sunrise Sertoma, said in a news release. "Over $10,000 has been raised since the program began to help purchase meals at soup kitchens and local food shelves in the Brainerd lakes area."

County Environmental Services Supervisor Ryan Simonson said in the news release: “We are pleased to partner with Sunrise Sertoma and Crow Wing Recycling to help those in need while promoting recycling.”


The following local partners are participating by providing collection containers at their businesses, making it easier for citizens to drop off old Christmas lights and extension cords throughout Crow Wing County: Brainerd Ace Hardware, Holiday Store on Mill Avenue in Brainerd, Carlson Hardware in Nisswa, Holiday Store in Crosslake, Frandsen Bank in Baxter, Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union in Baxter/Brainerd, Crosby-Ironton Courier in Crosby, Northland Arboretum in Brainerd, Crosslake Ace Hardware, Pequot Lakes Supervalu, Crow Wing County Landfill, Todd Wadena Electric Cooperative, Emily Ace Hardware and Ace Hardware in Breezy Point.

Citizens are encouraged to contact Land Services at 218-824-1010 or to discuss hazardous waste, solid waste, demolition material, composting or recycling activities. Crow Wing County information and resources can be found at

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