first_imgThe holidays produce some weird waste specific to the post-Christmas purge. When else are people looking to unload mass quantities of tiny light bulbs, sheets of bubble wrap and entire dead trees over the same week?For those looking to un-deck their halls, they should keep in mind the limitations on disposing of certain holiday paraphernalia.Not everything can go in the recycling bin, and not everything should go in the trash. When in doubt, ask the experts.“We have a search tool online, it’s a free app and it’s a web tool. It’s called Recycle Right,” said Melissa Johnston, a waste reduction specialist at Waste Connections.“It’s customized for Clark County. You can type in any item you’re thinking of — Christmas lights, or wrapping paper — and it’ll show you recycling options, or whether it’s garbage.”Donate or dispose?If storing Christmas lights until next year isn’t an option, consider donating working lights to a local Goodwill or thrift store. Six Goodwill locations in Clark County accept secondhand string lights — three in Vancouver (1200 S.E. 162nd Place, 14300 N.E. 20th Ave. and 6425 N.E. Fourth Plain Blvd.), one in Hazel Dell (1600 N.E. 78th St.), one in Orchards (9025 N.E. 117th Ave.) and one in Battle Ground (101 N.W. 20th Ave.)Share, Open House Ministries and ReTails Thrift Store, all in Vancouver, also accept used Christmas lights.“As long as they work and they’re sellable,” said Kristine Moore, supervisor at ReTails.Moore said that holiday lights tend to come to the store in waves: one right after Thanksgiving, one right after Christmas and one during spring cleaning. Before donating lights to any thrift store, call ahead of time and make sure they’re still accepting them.last_img