ProAct Locations for Holiday Lights Recycling 2019 to 2020



Multiple Dakota County locations, plus Savage, Shakopee, Red Wing for 26 drop-off spots in all, people with disabilities transport material

Now in its sixth season, ProAct, a nonprofit serving people with disabilities, continues the “Holiday Lights Recycling” effort in conjunction with several cities in a south metro area.  The program also recycles electrical, phone and appliance cords and offers 26 drop-off locations.

“Keep your lights and cords out of the trash and recycle bins. Let us handle them properly to reclaim the valuable material for reuse in new products,” said Skills Training Program Manager, Jennifer Cavalier. 

Several city facilities, Dakota County service centers, hardware and liquor stores are serving as drop-off points.  The program ends the first week of February 2020.

There are a few exclusions, Cavalier explained.  Drop-off locations and ProAct cannot accept cord adapters, battery packs, plastic rope lights, CFL lights, light fixtures (deer, sleighs, etc.), trees and garland. Anything that is pre-lit needs the light strands removed from the item and the item disposed of separately by the consumer, she said.

Christmas lights and electrical cords cannot be recycled in standard, single-sort recycling bins, and can cause problems in the regular waste stream, but the material is recoverable, said Cavalier.  ProAct has grown the recycling effort each of the last five years, more than 13,886 tons of material collected last season.  All the work and income from the processed material will benefit individuals with disabilities in its programs.

Drop off locations serviced by ProAct are offered in Dakota, Goodhue, and Scott counties.  These include:


Apple Valley:

Dakota County Western Service Center
14955 Galaxie Avenue


Lebanon Hills Visitors Center
860 Cliff Road

ProAct, Inc.
3195 Neil Armstrong Boulevard


Farmington City Hall
430 Third Street

Farmington Liquor Store
18350 Pilot Knob Road

Farmington Liquor Store
109 Elm Street

Rambling River Center
325 Oak Street


Dakota County Admin. Service Ctr.
1590 Highway 55

Hastings City Hall
101 4th Street East

Hastings Joint Maintenance Facility    920 10th Street West

Hometown ACE Hardware
1355 South Frontage Road

Terry's Hardware
375 33rd Street West

Inver Grove Heights

Inver Grove Veterans Memorial Community Center
8055 Barbara Avenue East


Lakeville City Hall
20195 Holyoke Avenue

Lakeville Liquor Heritage
20164 Heritage Avenue

Lakeville Liquor Kenrick
16179 Kenrick Avenue

Lakeville Liquor Store

1600 Galaxie Avenue
(County Road 46 and Galaxie Avenue)

Mendota Heights

Mendota Heights City Hall
1101 Victoria Curve

Red Wing

ProAct-Red Wing

204 Mississippi Boulevard


City of Rosemount-Community Center

13885 South Robert Trail

City of Rosemount- Steeple Center

14375 S Robert Trail


City of Savage
6000 McColl Drive


New Options - ProAct

792 Canterbury Road, Suite 132

South St. Paul

City of South St. Paul
125 3rd Avenue North

West St. Paul

City of West St. Paul
1616 Humboldt Avenue

Dakota County Northern Service Center
1 Mendota Road West


ProAct is headquartered in Eagan and has additional operations in Red Wing, Shakopee, Zumbrota and in Hudson, Wis.  Its mission is to provide person-centered services that enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities in the areas of employment, life skills, and community inclusion.


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