Help employees with disabilities by donating your tangled, broken holiday lights

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- As you pull out your decorations for the holidays, you may discover some of your holiday lights are broken or in disarray.

Thankfully, there's now something better you can do with them than throw them into the trash or spend hours trying to get them working again.

FOX 4 and Southeast Enterprises have joined forces with Westlake Hardware and Two Men and a Truck to collect and recycle holiday lights.

How will these collected old holiday lights help Southeast Enterprises?

  • Lights collected will provide employment opportunity for our employees.  The light bulbs are clipped from the wire and separated.  The wire then goes to City Scrap Metal to be recycled.  The rebate we receive from the wire pays our employee wages.  We use this work when other contract work is not available.

The Holiday Light Recycling Drive is now in its sixth year. This year, Southeast is excited to build on its success and collect over 50,000 pounds of lights with the help from many sponsors and partners.  The drive runs from the first of December 11, 2017 through January 12, 2018. Scroll down to read how the drive has grown in the past five years.

See the list below to find the Westlake drop-off site most convenient for you. Click here for additional drop-off locations.

7523 State Ave
Kansas City, KS 66112

15225 W 87th Parkway
Lenexa, KS 66219

120 N Clairborne
Olathe, KS 66062

12202 College Blvd
Overland Park, KS 66210

9301 Santa Fe Drive
Overland Park, KS 66212

4049 Somerset
Prairie Village, KS 66208

12230 W 63rd St
Shawnee, KS 66216

1205 NW 7 Hwy @ I-70
Blue Springs, MO 64015

918 SW 7 Hwy
Blue Springs, MO 64015

157A Crown Hill Rd
Excelsior Springs, MO 64024

5945 N.E. Antioch Rd
Gladstone, MO 64119

415 E. 24 Hwy
Independence, MO 64050

1000 Westport Rd
Kansas City, MO 64111

1020 W. 103rd St
Kansas City, MO 64114

5009 NE Vivion Rd
Kansas City, MO 64119

6201 Independence Ave
Kansas City, MO 64125

103 S 291 Hwy
Lee’s Summit, MO 64063

444 SW Ward Rd
Lee’s Summit, MO 64081

10130 E 350 Hwy
Raytown, MO 64138

In 2011, Southeast launched its first drive with the intent of providing work opportunities for its employees with developmental disabilities and diverting solid waste from local landfills.  With limited time and resources, Southeast partnered with 11 Sutherland’s locations to collect approximately 500 pounds of lights.

Southeast Enterprises provides income and employment for workers with disabilities.
Southeast Enterprises provides income and employment for workers with disabilities.

From 2012 through 2014, Southeast aggressively pursued partnerships with a variety of schools, businesses, and organizations throughout the Great Kansas City Area.  The response from the community was overwhelming and Southeast ultimately has collected over 124,000 lbs. pounds of light from over 165 different locations, the past three years.

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