Miles of Christmas lights could be headed out the door as more consumers look at switching from traditional holiday lights to their LED counterparts. Kansas City-based Southeast Enterprises is looking to keep the discarded strands out of landfills.
Southeast Enterprises Business Director Megan Gurera says they accept any unused or broken strands of lights.
“You know the ones you pullout, get ready to put up, and half of it works,” says Gurera.
Southeast Enterprises is a sheltered workshop, employing 160 people with development or intellectual disabilities.
Recycling efforts at KU hospital have cut down the amount of waste it sends to local landfills by more than a half million pounds. The two-year decline has caught the attention of the Environmental Protection Agency, which recently awarded the hospital a national achievement award for waste reduction.
Jim Callier, the EPA’s pollution prevention and solid waste program manager for this region, says such efforts are critical for saving valuable resources and curbing harmful emissions.