Posted Friday, November 30th, 2012by Erin
St. Louis Green 2012 Holiday Light Recycling Drive
Non-profit aims to recycle 128,000 pounds of unwanted holiday lights
November 28, 2012 – St. Louis, MO – St. Louis Green, in partnership with Walmart, is once again working to collect unwanted holiday lights. With over 500 collection sites, the partnership hopes to double last year’s success. According to St. Louis Green founder, Craig Jung, “Our goal this year is 128,000 pounds, that’s four tractor trailer loads diverted from landfills.” Once collected, the lights will be recycled and sent back to manufacturers to be used in new products. A portion of the drive proceeds will go to Operation Food Search, a St. Louis area food bank.
This year, the drive has expanded to include Kansas City, Springfield, Columbia, Cape Girardeau, and the Metro East area of Illinois. The collection sites, including the 98 participating Walmart locations, can be found at http://stlouisgreen.com. Lights can be dropped off at the Walmart locations through December 30th, and all other locations through January 13th.
Earlier this year, the drive received two statewide awards. The Missouri Recycling Association honored both St. Louis Green and Walmart with its Outstanding Collection Program award. In addition, the Missouri Waste Control Coalition gave the retailer and non-profit organization its Outstanding Achievement award for Environmental Stewardship.
St. Louis Green, Inc., was founded to address a need in the St. Louis community for information about green businesses, green products, and green events. Founder and Executive Director, Craig Jung, noticed that people were looking for information and education about sustainable lifestyles. In 2007, he created StLouisGreen.com, a resource for everything green in the St. Louis region. The mission of the 501(c)3 non-profit organization is to empower others to learn about and implement sustainable lifestyles. This is accomplished through programs that educate, support, and empower citizens and businesses of the St. Louis area to make changes in their daily living toward a greener, more sustainable world. PHOTOS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST