Here are two options for sending your old holiday lights for recycling, whether working or broken. (Do not place lights in your NYC recycling bin.)
The proceeds from recycling used holiday lights sent to Christmas light source are used to donate books to Toys for Tots.
Holiday lights can be sent to HolidayLEDs.com in exchange for a coupon for new energy efficient LED holiday lights during their seasonal holiday light recycling program.
For more tips on responsible ways to get rid of stuff in NYC, visit NYC Waste Less.