December 2018

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IREA is collecting unwanted holiday lights for recycling.

In the program’s inaugural year, IREA customers gave us 3,000-plus pounds of recyclable holiday lights that generated more than $1,200 for Energy Outreach Colorado, an independent non-profit that provides home energy assistance to Coloradans in need.

Unwanted holiday lights of any type can be dropped off Dec. 3 through Jan. 31 during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, in designated lobby bins at any of IREA’s four offices:

• Conifer – 13404 Old U.S. Highway 285

• Sedalia – 5496 N. U.S. Highway 85

• Strasburg – 1497 Main St.

• Woodland Park – 800 N. Highway 67

Customers are encouraged to replace their old holiday lights with newer LED lights, which are up to 90 percent more efficient. They also are cool to the touch, last much longer and are more durable and safe than incandescent lights.

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We are excited to have our first all school up-cycle challenge. Students K-12 interested in taking part of the up-cycle contest should simply sign up and start creating their project to enter in the competition. The projects will be displayed and judged at Earth Day Extravaganza at Mountain Vista High School from 4:30-7:00, April 24, 2019. There are 3 different categories to choose from for your project. Choose your topic that you are interested in and transform your old material, hard to recycle items, or recyclables it into solutions for the following categories. There are several prizes that will be awarded. Projects will be judged on the most useful, innovative, functional, fun, creativity or best design.