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What to Do with Those Broken or Unwanted Holiday Lights?

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Bring Your Unwanted Holiday Lighting to Gershow Recycling

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Now that the holidays are over, Gershow Recycling is reminding people to bring their broken, unwanted or outdated holiday lighting to any of its eight locations: Brooklyn, New Hyde Park, Valley Stream, Freeport, Huntington Station, Lindenhurst, Bay Shore and Medford.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. In addition, Congress passed a law that, effective January 1, 2012, traditional incandescent lighting will be phased out in favor of other light bulbs that use at least 25% less energy. Incandescent 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.

"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 www.gershow.com or, for pricing, call 1 (855) GERSHOW (437-7469). Gershow now has eight convenient locations, which are as follows:

Brooklyn 1885 Pitkin Avenue (718) 345-2240

New Hyde Park 24 Denton Avenue (516) 746-1081

Valley Stream 97 East Hawthorne Avenue (516) 825-7244

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

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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 the 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 "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 produces both ferrous and non-ferrous products.