- Associated Press - Saturday, December 5, 2015

DECATUR, Ill. (AP) - Macon County has found a use for those old strings of Christmas lights - and a way to help people in central Illinois at the same time.

The (Decatur) Herald and Review reports (http://bit.ly/1XNT5oA ) the county’s environmental management department is again offering its Christmas lights recycling program.

Residents can drop off lights they no longer want or that don’t work at the county office building beginning Monday. The lights will be accepted through Jan. 22.

Copper and other materials can be removed from the lights and used in other products. The money the county receives for recycling is donated to the American Red Cross Central Illinois Relief Fund.

County officials say that in addition to helping the Red Cross, the program helps keep recyclable materials out of the landfill.

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Information from: Herald & Review, http://www.herald-review.com

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