Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is continuing its holiday lights recycling program this year, according to the Zoo’s website. The Zoo is doing its part to keep thousands of strings of lights out of the landfill and make some money for conservation. The program was sparked by an idea from a 10-year-old girl, Jessica Lam, who approached Zoo staff three years ago with an idea to keep thousands of strings of holiday lights out of the landfill and raise money for the Zoo’s conservation fund.

Jessica and the Zoo hope families will bring their old holiday lights to the zoo when they come to Zoolights instead of throwing them in the trash. If you bring your old lights to Point Defiance Zoo, please remove all packaging, twist-ties, rubberbands, etc. before you load them into the bins.

There are several locations that will accept used lights on behalf of the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium:

Centre at Norpoint
Metro Parks Tacoma headquarters
Northwest Trek Wildlife Park (during open hours only)
People’s Neighborhood Center
Portland Ave. Neighborhood Center
South Park Community Center
Tacoma Nature Center
Girl Scouts of Western Washington offices in Seattle:
1000 Davis Place, DuPont
601 Valley Street, Seattle


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