IREA is excited to announce its first Holiday Lights Recycling Program.

From Dec. 1 through Jan. 15, IREA customers wanting to dispose of any Christmas or holiday lights can drop them off for free at any IREA office. This includes working or non-working incandescent, vintage and all other types of festive lights.

We will work with a recycler who will pay for any holiday lights donated through IREA. All funds raised in recycling lights will go to Energy Outreach Colorado, an independent non-profit that provides home energy assistance to low-income Coloradans.

Beyond this worthy cause, replacing old Christmas lights offers other benefits: Newer LED lights are up to 90 percent more efficient. They last much longer and are much more durable and safe than those old lights you’ve used the last 25 years. Many are also cool to the touch, unlike incandescent holiday lights.

Old lights can be dropped off during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, in designated lobby bins at any of IREA’s four offices:

• Conifer – 13404 Old U.S. Highway 285

• Sedalia – 5496 N. U.S. Highway 85

• Strasburg – 1497 Main St.

• Woodland Park – 800 N. Highway 67