Don't throw that tangled mess of old, broken, and unusable holiday lights in the trash. They can -- and should be -- recycled.

You're encouraged to drop-off your old light strings at any participating Ace Hardware store. You can also drop them off locally at Spee Dee Delivery in St. Cloud or WACOSA in Waite Park.

The Recycling Association of Minnesota this first-of-it's-kind effort in the country last year. Their goal was to recycle 50,000 pounds of lights, but they more than double it. This year's goal is to recycle over 200,000 light strands, and to encourage us to use LED lights, which will save a lot of energy.