The Eastridge Elementary School PTO's eighth annual Recycle Holiday Lights Drive begins Sunday, Nov. 15, and will continue through Friday, Jan. 15, 2021.
The drive has changed logistically this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Drive organizers are asking the community to donate holiday lights and insulated wires through the sliding window of a large collection container in the parking lot at Eastridge Elementary School, 6245 L St. Lights can be in working or non-working condition.
Please do not insert plastic bags, cardboard boxes, packaging, brown paper grocery sacks, ornaments or trash into the container.
Holiday garland with lights attached and wreaths with lights around them should not be placed in the container. Instead, they can be donated in the corner near the collection bin in boxes provided.
The same goes for armatures -- steel-framed reindeers wrapped in holiday lights would be an example of an armature. They should also be placed outside of the container in the corner with garland and wreaths.
Artificial trees with holiday lights will not be accepted.
All 16 Lincoln Fire Department stations will also accept strands of holiday lights in a collection box outside of each station.
In addition, the Lincoln Public Schools Science Focus Program at 1227 S. 27th St., located east of the Lincoln Children's Zoo entrance, will have a collection bin outside for donations.
This year, proceeds from the donations will be distributed as follows:
• 50% of funds raised will benefit Eastridge Elementary PTO;
• 25% will benefit Lincoln Fire Fighters Operation Warm; and
• 25% will benefit the LPS Science Focus Program.
Scrap Central Inc. will match the PTO donations to both Operation Warm and the Science Focus Program.
In the last seven years, your donations to this drive have recycled over 64,000 pounds of materials away from local landfills and raised over $22,000.
"We are thrilled that we can still move forward with this important community event during the pandemic," said Angie Alesio, event coordinator.
Watch for updates in future issues of the Neighborhood Extra.