Community Waste

Holiday Lights Recycling Drive

Wondering what to do with your old or unworkable holiday lights? You can recycle them! The annual Holiday Lights Recycling Drive returns to Washington University this winter. The drive runs December 6, 2021 through January 31, 2022. A holiday tradition, the WashU community brings in hundreds of pounds of holiday lights to responsibly recycle – let’s do it again this year!

Collection bins can be found in the following locations:

  • School of Medicine Campus:
    • McDonnell Pediatric Research building
    • BJCIH lobby
    • Clinical Sciences Research Building/BJCIH link
    • FLTC atrium
    • 4444 Forest Park lobby
    • Taylor Avenue Building lobby
    • McDonnell Science lobby
    • Mid Campus Center link by SLCH, Duncan or Metro garage(s)
    • Couch Building lobby
    • Clayton/Taylor parking garage (Drive-up drop off: The collection tote is just inside the pedestrian garage entrance on the north side of the garage. If you enter the garage and leave within 30 min, you won’t be charged for parking. Please note: masks are required inside campus garages.) Click here to view a map.
  • Danforth Campus:
    • Office of Sustainability (Schnuck Pavilion, 2nd floor lobby – requires proof of daily COVID-screening)
    • East End Garage (Drive-up drop off: enter garage and take ticket. A collection tote is outside the building of parking level 1, outside of the entrance to Schnuck Pavilion. If you leave within 10 min, you won’t be charged for parking. Please note: masks are required inside campus garages.) Download directions to the Schnuck Pavilion here.

Please remove light strands from bags and boxes and place them loose directly into the bins.

If you have questions, please email Click here for more information and other tips on lowering your impact this holiday season. Celebrate the spirit of the season while being mindful of your environmental footprint!