Do you have old or broken Christmas lights that you no longer want?

Instead of throwing them away, The Arc Knox County and Goodwill industries ask that you donate them so they can be recycled.

"All of that material will go into use again," said Alan Champlin of Sunshine Industries. "It'll be melted down and used in other electronics instead of just sitting in the landfill."

Sunshine Industries employs people with disabilities to take apart and recycle electronics. During the holidays, they'll help recycle more than 1,600 pounds of lights.

"I don't think it's the death of the lights," Champlin said. "I think it's a great opportunity for them to be reused and recycled."

The Arc Knox County's Sunshine Industries program has several locations around Knox County where you can drop off and donate the old lights for free.

Here is a list of drop off locations:

Arc Knox County:

  • 3000 North Central Street

Select Pilot Flying J locations:

  • 9550 Northshore Drive
  • 7686 Northshore Drive
  • 136 North Northshore Drive
  • 2218 Cumberland Avenue
  • 206 Walker Springs Road
  • 13065 Kingston Pike
  • 6900 Maynardville Pike
  • 2918 Tazewell Pike
  • 405 Lovell Road
  • 5800 Oak Ridge Highway
  • 410 Merchants Road
  • 701 Campbell Station Road
  • 421 North Cedar Bluff Road

Three Rivers Market

  • 1100 North Central Street