The Eastridge Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization has recycled over 7,600 pounds of holiday lights and raised over $2,200 in its annual Recycle Holiday Lights Drive.
Eastridge PTO receives 30 cents per pound for the recycled lights from recycling partner Scrap Central Inc. The proceeds support PTO initiatives like purchasing coding robots, ukuleles for the music room and special gym equipment, and 10 percent from recycled holiday lights is donated to Lincoln Firefighters' Operation Warm.
The drive across Lincoln and surrounding communities ended Jan. 8; however, donations will continue to be accepted through Jan. 15 only at Eastridge Elementary School, 6245 L St.
"We are so grateful to the thousands of donors, collection host sites, wonderful sponsors and, of course, the many volunteers it takes to make this drive a success," said Angie Alesio, project chair.
Volunteers will process the lights, and the final load will be transported to Scrap Central in Omaha Jan. 21.