Now that Christmas is over and it’s time to take down the lights and decorations, you may have found that some lights are no longer working.
Before you throw them out, here’s a few steps to take save them from landfill.
Replace the batteries
If they are solar powered, you will need solar/lithium rechargeable batteries available from most hardware or battery stores. If you are replacing the batteries, please recycle your old batteries at ALDI, IKEA, your local council or library (check with them first) and soon at Officeworks stores.
Check and replace any broken fuses or globes
There are easy to follow online tutorials on how to do this if you are not sure. Your local hardware or lighting store should have the supplies you may need. If you are not able to do this yourself, take them to a local repair café or ask a handy friend with electrical experience to help.
If they cannot be repaired
They can be recycled by taking them to any of the Unplug N’ Drop electronic recycling locations listed here: https://www.electronicrecyclingaustralia.com.au/unplug-n-drop/where/
* Please tie them up or place them in a bag first so they don’t tangle around the other electronic items when you drop them off.
Please do not place them in your yellow recycle bin as they will tangle around machinery and may cause it to break down at the Materials Recycling Facility.