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Ask the Times: Christmas lights can be taken for recycling

Ask the Times: Christmas lights can be taken for recycling

Christmas lights

Lighted Christmas trees line Greystone Drive in Bettendorf in 2014.

Q. I have several strings of burned-out Christmas lights and several nets of lights for outdoor shrubbery that I need to dispose of. It seems environmentally irresponsible to simply throw them in the trash. What should I do with them? — Diana, Moline

A. We contacted the city of Moline public works department to find out. J.D. Schulte, Moline public works director, responded:

"That is a great question. About a year ago, I had the same question and found out they can be recycled. They do not bring the same price as #1 copper or even standard insulated copper, but they will fetch $0.10-$0.20 per pound and Alter took mine with the lights still in them! I expect if you checked, most of the local recyclers will take them. Our local recycler is Midland Davis. I included their information below.

"Midland Davis Corporation

"3301 4th Avenue, Moline, IL 61265

"(309) 764-6723

"Hope this helps!"

We also contacted the Waste Commission of Scott County for our Iowa readers. Brandy Welvaert, communications coordinator for the Waste Commission of Scott County, responded:

"Christmas lights are accepted for recycling at the Electronic Demanufacturing Facility, 1048 E. 59th St., Davenport. Hours are 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. the first Saturday of the month. No appointment is necessary and there is no charge for these items for anyone wishing to drop them off.

"While these items may be recycled as e-waste, they do not go into the recycling cart. Light strands or nets can cause equipment damage, slowdowns, and safety hazards for workers if they are placed in the recycling cart and end up at the Scott Area Recycling Center."

Q. Does anyone have information on a side paddle wheel riverboat that went down the river early in December? It had a tug pushing it and a tug leading it. — Bill

A. We contacted the U.S. Coast Guard for more information. According to Lt. Sean Haley, it may have been the Kanesville Queen. The Kanesville Queen had been in Dubuque, Iowa, the past three years, Haley said. The riverboat is on its way to Utica, Indiana, on the Ohio River near Louisville, Kentucky, Haley said.

According to an article posted Aug. 15, 2013, in The Daily Nonpareil, Council Bluffs, Iowa, the former riverboat casino first opened for business in Council Bluffs Jan. 1, 1996. "The boat was purchased by Newt Marine of Dubuque. Materials from the boat will be resold and reused, with metal portions recycled," Bo Guidry, Harrah's senior vice president and general manager, said in the 2013 article.

To read more about the Kanesville Queen, visit

Question to Ask the Times readers

Do you know of a restaurant that will be open Christmas Day? If so, let us know. Send us the name of the restaurant, address, phone number, hours open and their website to by Dec. 21. To view a partial list, visit

Ask the Times appears on Thursdays and Saturdays. You can call 563-333-2632, email or write Ask the Times, Quad-City Times, 500 E. 3rd St., Davenport, IA 52801.


Restaurants open on Christmas Day

Some information provided by the Quad-Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Name Additional Info Address City State Phone Hours Price Age restrictions website
Bix Bistro Lounge at the Hotel Blackhawk Bar only with limited menu 200 E. 3rd St. Davenport IA 563-484-5900 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Denny's 8200 Northwest Boulevard Davenport IA 563-388-6411 24 Hours
Denny's 2601 52nd Ave. Moline IL 309-762-6875 24 Hours
Dynasty Buffet 5388 Elmore Ave. Davenport IA 563-355-4848 11 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Great Wall 1432 Locust St. Davenport IA 563-323-8802 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Happy Joe's Carry Out and Delivery Only 223 1st St. Colona IL 309-792-3335 3 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Happy Joe's Carry Out and Delivery Only 4020 Kennedy Drive East Moline IL 309-755-4576 3 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Happy Joe's Carry Out and Delivery Only 1412 30th St. Rock Island IL 309-788-8777 3 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Harris Pizza #1 3903 14th Ave. Rock Island IL 309-788-3446 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Harris Pizza #3 Carry Out Only 1601 W. 3rd St. Davenport IA 563-326-3551 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Harris Pizza #4 524 E. Locust St. Davenport IA 563-322-2411 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Harris Pizza #5 2520 18th St. Bettendorf IA 563-344-8727 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Iowa 80 Truckstop 755 W. Iowa 80 Road Walcott IA 563-284-6961
Isle Casino Hotel Keller's American Grill, Keller's Express and Farmers Pick Buffet will all be open 1777 Isle Parkway Bettendorf IA 563-265-6977 Open to all ages
Jumer's Casino & Hotel Christmas Day Egg Nog Buffet 777 Jumer Drive Rock Island IL 309-756-4600 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. $24.99 Must be 21 years
Legend's Corner 3008 7th Ave. Rock Island IL 309-283-7628 Noon - 8 p.m.
Rhythm City Casino Resort Robert's Buffet Christmas Special 7077 Elmore Ave. Davenport IA 563-328-8000 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. $14.99 Open to all ages
T.G.I. Friday's 1425 River Drive Moline IL 309-764-6400 3 p.m. - 10 p.m.
The J Bar 4215 Elmore Ave. Davenport IA 563-468-6150 Open for full breakfast 6 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Village Inn 5925 N. Brady St. Davenport IA 563-386-3305 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Village Inn 5239 Elmore Ave. Davenport IA 563-359-7710 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Village Inn 1919 Harrison St. Davenport IA 563-323-9933 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Village Inn 1210 State St. Bettendorf IA 563-359-9111 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Village Inn 2001 1st St. A Moline IL 309-762-6333 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Village Inn 2122 53rd St. Moline IL 309-797-556 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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