City to Partner with Scouts BSA 2526 for Second Annual Holiday Lights Recycling Program

City to Partner with Scouts BSA 2526 for Second Annual Holiday Lights Recycling Program

TROY, NY (November 30, 2021) – Mayor Patrick Madden today announced the City of Troy’s partnership with Scouts BSA Troop 2526 for the second-annual citywide recycling program for broken or non-working holiday and string lights. Multiple drop-off locations are available throughout the City for residents to dispose of defective string lights as they decorate for the holiday season.

Mayor Madden said, “Diverting materials like string lights from City’s waste stream prevents sorting machines from getting tangled, lowers garbage costs for residents, and allows these items to be reused. We are excited to again partner with Troop 2526 for this important recycling program this holiday season.”

Old, non-working, or unusable holiday and string lights can be dropped off at the locations listed below in festive containers through January 15th, 2022. Collected lights will be recycled by a local company, Ben Weitsman Recycling, with all profits donated to Toys for Tots.

Drop-Off Locations:

  • Troy Fire Houses 1-4 and 6
  • Police Department Central Station (55 State Street)
  • City Hall (433 River Street, first floor lobby)
  • Public Works Garage (40 Orr Street)
  • Public Utilities/Water Plant (25 Water Plant Road)
  • Downtown Troy Post Office (400 Broadway)
  • Rensselaer County Office Building (1600 7th Avenue, rear entrance)

For more information on the holiday lights recycling program, please contact the City Recycling Coordinator at [email protected] or call (518) 279-7171.


Press Contact:
John Salka, Communications Director
[email protected] / (518) 279-7131

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Incorporated in 1816, the City of Troy is the seat of Rensselaer County government and the county’s largest municipality by population. Situated on the eastern bank of the Hudson River, the City boasts seven miles of waterfront, a largely-preserved historic downtown, diverse neighborhoods, and several major colleges and universities. Troy’s history as the nation’s largest manufacturer of detachable cuffs and collars earned the City’s nickname “the Collar City.” A former steel & iron manufacturing powerhouse of the 19th and early 20th century, the City is now home to a growing hub of tech, video game development, restaurants, and retail.