Gallery: China’s Christmas Light Recycling Plants Process 20 Million Po...


One person’s broken strand of Christmas lights is another’s treasure – and the Yong Chang Processing company in Shijiao, China is where cast-off holiday decorations go to be transformed into new products. As the holidays come to a close, thousands of Americans will toss strands of lights into recycling bins, which will make their way to the Chinese plant.  Yong Chang then chops up the lights, sorts out their plastic components, and recycles them into useful products such as insulation and even slipper bottoms.

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  1. Eletruk December 29, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    “So make sure to recycle your broken and damaged lights after Christmas”
    OK really, other than jewelry – is there actually a way to recycle Christmas lights? I would love to not throw them away.

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