Blog: Time to Get the Junk Out! Here's How

Will County is sponsoring a pair of collection events that give people an opportunity to get rid of unwanted textiles and publications.

Will County is offering a couple of extra ways to help you rid your house of unwanted "stuff" that doesn't involve putting it in a landfill.

This week, through Friday, May 3, textiles of all types -- from slacks with broken zippers to those drapes you just replaced, and everything in between -- can be dropped off at the County Office Building, 302 N. Chicago St., Joliet. All of the things that are too worn to be passed on to someone else can be recycled. Items in usable condition are also accepted and will be given new homes.

The County has partnered with USAgain, which will make sure all of the items are recycled or reused. That includes footwear. The County Office Building is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. On Friday, May 3, Scott Slocum and crew from 1340 WJOL will broadcast live in front of the building from 6:30 to 9 a.m. Stop on by and be part of the fun.

The second event, a favorite at my house, is the annual Book Recyling and Document Destruction Event set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, June 7-9, at Pilcher Park in Joliet. The Will County Land Use Department's Resource Recovery and Energy Division partners with the Joliet Park District to host the three-day event.

The event offers a good way to put your unwanted books on someone else's bookshelves. Or put someone else's books on yours. Schools and libraries also participate. Individuals may drop off unwanted reading materials throughout the three days.

You can also think of it as a long-term lending library. I've picked up books, read them and brought them back the next year. My kids love to go and find their favorite authors. And some of my daughter's friends, beginning their teaching careers, have found books to start their classroom collections.

And you can't beat the price. Whether you're dropping off, picking up or both, it's free. Books left at the end of the three days will be recycled, further saving space in our landfill.

You can also bring documents for destruction, keeping your private information unavailable to those who would like to use it for their own benefit.

Will County Executive Larry Walsh believes people want to help their environment as much as they can. He, Land Use Director Curt Paddock and Paddock's staff want to make being "green" as convenient as possible.

As always, information on these programs, as well as the County's other environmental initiatives can be found at www.willcountygreen.com.

I hope you take advantage of these events.

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Erika Myette May 02, 2013 at 06:56 PM
There are actually USAgain drop boxes all over the county - and country - and you can find them on their website here: http://www.usagain.com/ This way, we can recycle these items EVERY DAY!!! Woohoo!!! My family and friends have bags that are constantly collecting old grubby shoes, stained undershirts, holy :) socks, and other stained, torn and items with holes that let's face it, no one wants to buy even secondhand. I've been the volunteer in a third-world country who unpacks boxes of the items that don't sell at Goodwill and other similar stores, of these garbage clothing items, and even the poorest of the poor have too much dignity to wear this stuff. So let's skip a few steps and just recycle these worn-out items!!!!
boozer mcgee May 05, 2013 at 06:29 PM
Do they have a drop box for all the useless crooked will county politicians?
Kayla May 08, 2013 at 04:45 PM
No- you are thinking of a 'cash-drop'.


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