Eugene recycling center collecting holiday light donations

"Every time you look at a pair of dead lights and you want to throw them away, think about a kid in your neighborhood that could be in a sporting program because you donated your lights," Retzman said.

Posted: Nov 17, 2018 5:45 PM
Updated: Nov 18, 2018 8:08 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Decorating for the holidays? NextStep, a recycling center in Eugene, is collecting lights to recycle for money to donate to a local non-profit.

Nancy Retzman, the director of operations at NextStep, said the boxes of holiday light donations are filling up fast, but the more the merrier.

She said they take the lights to Pacific Recycling and they give them money to donate to Kids Sports, an organization that helps local young athletes.

"Every time you look at a pair of dead lights and you want to throw them away, think about a kid in your neighborhood that could be in a sporting program because you donated your lights," Retzman said.

She said each year, they're able to raise about $1,000 to $2,000 for a different non-profit.

"That is my favorite part about my job of my job is the giving," she said. "We get to give and to help kids and that's what it's all about... the kids."

Retzman said they'll be collecting lights until January 31.

She said you can drop them off at NextStep in Eugene or arrange them to pick them up for you.

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