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What to Do with Those Broken or Unwanted Holiday Lights?

12-30-2010 10:18 AM CET | Energy & Environment

Press release from: Gershow Recycling

/ PR Agency: PRMG
Now that the holidays are almost over, Gershow Recycling is reminding people to bring their broken, unwanted or outdated holiday lighting to any of their seven locations: Brooklyn, New Hyde Park, Freeport, Huntington Station, Lindenhurst, Bay Shore and Medford.

By bringing their unwanted holiday lighting to Gershow, they will not only get money for it, but they will help preserve the environment by keeping scrap out of landfills. These lights use more energy than modern LED lighting and may cause a fire hazard if the wires are frayed or become worn out after years of use. It is imperative to inspect all wiring to make sure there is no exposed wiring and that all lights are functional.

Holiday light wires contain copper, which is a valuable commodity. As of December 17, Gershow is paying 25-30 cents a pound for copper used in those wires.

“Many people have old holiday lighting lying around that is no longer energy-efficient or safe or has outlived its use,” said Kevin Gershowitz, President, Gershow Recycling. “They can bring their lighting to Gershow for cash, put money in their pockets and, in turn, help stimulate the local economy as well as protect the environment.”

Gershow Recycling takes aluminum, brass, copper, steel, cast iron, appliances, cars and vehicles. In keeping with its philosophy of “Conserving the Future by Recycling the Past,” Gershow Recycling purchases scrap metal that would have otherwise wound up in local landfills, and turns them into high-quality scrap products for recycling. The company recycles both ferrous and non-ferrous products.

For more information, visit or call 1 (855) GERSHOW (437-7469). Gershow now has seven convenient locations, which are as follows:

Brooklyn 1885 Pitkin Avenue (718) 345-2240
New Hyde Park 24 Denton Avenue (516) 746-1081
Freeport 143 Hanse Avenue (516) 223-0864
Huntington Station 149 W. 11th Street (631) 385-1200
Lindenhurst 635 Muncy Avenue (631) 587-1991
Bay Shore 33 McAdam Street (631) 234-1022
Medford 71 Peconic Avenue (631) 289-6188

About Gershow Recycling
Started in 1964 by Sam Gershowitz, Gershow Recycling began as a two man operation with a tractor and trailer, a boom truck and the first portable car flattener. Now with the second generation carrying on the legacy, Gershow generates over 750 jobs, contributing millions of dollars to local economy, while helping to preserve Long Island’s environment. Gershow Recycling takes aluminum, brass, copper, steel, cast iron, appliances, cars and vehicles. In keeping with its philosophy of “Preserving the Future by Recycling the Past,” Gershow Recycling purchases scrap metal that would have otherwise wound up in local landfills, and turns them into high-quality scrap products for recycling. The company produces both ferrous and non-ferrous products.

Hank Russell, Public Relations Director
156 North Ocean Avenue
Patchogue, NY 11772

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