Ace recycling program helps kids with cancer |

Ace recycling program helps kids with cancer

For the third consecutive year, Ace Hardware stores are accepting stands of holiday lights for recycling to benefit Lights For Life. Lights For Life is a nonprofit organization that strives to make life easier for kids with cancer and their families.

Lights For Life sells the donated light strands to a recycling company for the copper and PVC they contain. The money raised is used to help children with cancer and their families cover the cost of medical bills and other expenses not covered by insurance, as well as to fund kids’ camps and childhood cancer research.

Last year, Ace Hardware customers across Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico donated 14 tons of holiday lights to the campaign, raising $14,000 for families of children diagnosed with cancer. This year, Ace Hardware’s goal is to increase the number of lights collected by 50 percent, for a total of 21 tons of lights.

According to Consumer Reports, a typical homeowner spends approximately $11 in energy costs to burn 50 feet of traditional lights for 300 hours, while the same use of LED lights costs less than 15 cents. LED lights are also more durable than incandescent lights, often lasting as much as ten times longer than traditional lights, and because LED lights burn cooler they are safer to use and reduce the risk of fire.

“Each year, more than 200 million strings of incandescent lights are sold in the U.S., and most of them end up in the landfill,” said Linda Worthington, marketing director Lights For Life. “All we ask is that you drop your broken or old lights in a collection bin at an Ace Hardware rather than in the Dumpster. This small effort can make a big difference to kids with cancer.”

The holiday light recycling program adds to the growing list recycling programs offered by area Ace Hardware stores. Many Ace Hardware stores also accept used compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), mercury-containing thermostats, used cell phones and rechargeable batteries for recycling.

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