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Did you know you can recycle your Christmas tree lights?

A program sponsored by Metro Parks Tacoma and the Girl Scouts of Western Washington aims to keep thousands of strings of lights out of the landfill.

The program was sparked by an idea from 10-year-old Jessica Lam, who approached Point Defiance Zoo staff three years ago with an idea to keep lights out of the landfill while raising money for the Zoo's conservation fund.

You can drop your unwanted holiday lights in designated bins at the Zoo's main entrance and at other locations. Remove all packaging, twist-ties and rubber bands. Place lights directly in the bin -- with no bags or other extra material.

Northwest Trek Wildlife Park
(during open hours)
11610 Trek Drive East, Eatonville

Metro Parks Tacoma headquarters,
4702 South 19th Street, Tacoma

Tacoma Nature Center
1919 South Tyler Street, Tacoma
STAR Center
3873 S. 66th St., Tacoma

Center at Norpoint
4818 Nassau Ave. N.E. , Tacoma
Portland Avenue Community Center
3513 Portland Ave., Tacoma

Peoples Community Center
1602 S. MLK Jr. Way, Tacoma

The Girl Scouts of Western Washington also will have collection bins at:
Seattle Administrative Office
601 Valley Street, Seattle, WA 98109

King County Regional Office
13029 NE 20th St. Bellevue, WA, 98005

North Regional Office Location
1331 State Ave. Marysville, WA 98270

Peninsula Girl Scout Program Center
1600 NE Winters Rd. Bremerton, WA 98311-3855

DuPont Girl Scout Center
1000 Davis Place DuPont, WA 98327
Melissa Sherwood - Gig Harbor

You can also recycle lights at the following locations:

McClendon's Hardware (6 Puget Sound area locations)

Ilako Elementary School program (18 Auburn locations)

Holiday Lights recycling - Federal Way

Ace Hardware in Magnolia and Maple Leaf (Seattle)

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