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Money in old lights . . . Gore Pakeke Lions Club member Neil McPhail (left) and Hayden Gutschlag dismantle old street lights. PHOTO: MARGARET PHILLIPS

Dismantling and recycling¬†Gore’s old street lights is providing not only an environmentally friendly use for the decommissioned lights but is also swelling the Gore Pakeke Lions Club’s coffers.

The Gore District Council is replacing high-pressure sodium lights with LED street lights.

Lions club project spokesman Neil McPhail said the club received $1.50 per dismantled unit from a recycling company.

“At the moment we’ve got [1000] [to dismantle].”

Hayden Gutschlag has the task of stripping down the old lights.

The aluminium and copper in the units are being recycled.

Stripping down the street lights is being carried out at the Lions recycling centre in Hokonui Dr.

So far about 40 hours had been spent on the project.

As well as the environmentally friendly aspect of the project it also yielded revenue which would be distributed to the community, Mr McPhail said.

The Lions club financially supported a wide variety of projects in the town.

Gore District Council transport manager Peter Standring said about 1200 lights were due to be dismantled by the Lions.

Replacing the lights was about 80% completed.

“There’s a lot of replacement going on around the country at the moment,” Mr Standring said.

If local bodies dumped their old lights in landfills it would cost them money and if they sold them to a scrap metal dealer they would only get about 14c per kg.

Donating them to the Lions would raise funds to be distributed to the community.