Green Guide

Go Green!Easy Ways to Be More Green

Welcome to the Will County Green Guide Page where there are easy to find topics that comprise our most frequently asked questions.  Take some time to explore the many pages of information or just make a quick trip to our Map or Green Guide Database for the info you need.

In order to make it easy to increase the green in your life, this page features a connection to a "living map" where you can find the most convenient drop-off location for your needs.  The drop-offs include traditional item recycling, at least 12 electronic recycling sites and medication disposal drop-offs, plus much more.

The Green Guide Database is packed with information on how to recycle or reuse just about everything.  From shorts to shingles or calculators to ketchup bottles, there is a listing to offer you an alternative to disposal.  Formally, a 36-page guide that was cumbersome and costly to produce, is now a much more easily updated and user friendly source of information for both residents and businesses.  

Our brochures, previously printed or available as PDF files, are now pages in their own right, with hotlink features and opportunities for additional information.  Please click one to see how easily you can scan through to learn that most household batteries are no longer hazardous, or what to do with unwanted latex paint, and much more.

Beyond what you might expect from the County's long established efforts to promote recycling, this site offers information on the conservation of water and energy.  We are working to feature alternative energy options and showcase county building "green" efforts as examples for businesses and homeowners alike.

This site is designed for the novice and the most emerald green of our community, with connections to local and state organizations where your interest in all things "green" can grow and flourish.  We welcome your suggestions and feedback.  We expect this site's offerings to increase through the power of public interaction.

Please click Here to submit a comment or suggestion. 

Be sure to browse through the rest of the site as well.  Thank you for your interest and dedication to the environment.

 

 

Recycle-It Map

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Upcoming Green Events

2014 Textile Recycling Event at County Building
Event's details
April 28, 2014-May 02, 2014

Time:08:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Location: County Office Building, Joliet, IL-IL


Textile Collection at the County Office Building Monday through Friday during normal business hours in ccoperation with Goodwill. This event will accept clothing, tableclothes, linens, drapes, towels, shoes, and more. Bring items for reuse and recycling. See Scott Slocum from WJOL AM1340 on Friday morning 6am-9:00am
 
 (08:30 AM - 04:30 PM)
2014 Textile Recycling Event at County Building
Event's details
April 28, 2014-May 02, 2014

Time:08:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Location: County Office Building, Joliet, IL-IL


Textile Collection at the County Office Building Monday through Friday during normal business hours in ccoperation with Goodwill. This event will accept clothing, tableclothes, linens, drapes, towels, shoes, and more. Bring items for reuse and recycling. See Scott Slocum from WJOL AM1340 on Friday morning 6am-9:00am
 
 (08:30 AM - 04:30 PM)
2014 Textile Recycling Event at County Building
Event's details
April 28, 2014-May 02, 2014

Time:08:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Location: County Office Building, Joliet, IL-IL


Textile Collection at the County Office Building Monday through Friday during normal business hours in ccoperation with Goodwill. This event will accept clothing, tableclothes, linens, drapes, towels, shoes, and more. Bring items for reuse and recycling. See Scott Slocum from WJOL AM1340 on Friday morning 6am-9:00am
 
 (08:30 AM - 04:30 PM)
2014 Textile Recycling Event at County Building
Event's details
April 28, 2014-May 02, 2014

Time:08:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Location: County Office Building, Joliet, IL-IL


Textile Collection at the County Office Building Monday through Friday during normal business hours in ccoperation with Goodwill. This event will accept clothing, tableclothes, linens, drapes, towels, shoes, and more. Bring items for reuse and recycling. See Scott Slocum from WJOL AM1340 on Friday morning 6am-9:00am
 
 (08:30 AM - 04:30 PM)
2014 Textile Recycling Event at County Building
Event's details
April 28, 2014-May 02, 2014

Time:08:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Location: County Office Building, Joliet, IL-IL


Textile Collection at the County Office Building Monday through Friday during normal business hours in ccoperation with Goodwill. This event will accept clothing, tableclothes, linens, drapes, towels, shoes, and more. Bring items for reuse and recycling. See Scott Slocum from WJOL AM1340 on Friday morning 6am-9:00am
 
 (08:30 AM - 04:30 PM)
Mokena Household Hazardous Waste, Motor Oil & Electronics Collection Event
Event's details
May 03, 2014-May 03, 2014

Time:08:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Location: Mokena Hickory Creek Metra Parking Lot, Mokena, IL-IL


Collection of nearly all types of electronics and household chemicals, hazardous materials and liquids
 
 (08:00 AM - 03:00 PM)
2014 Environmental Expo - Plainfield
Event's details
May 03, 2014-May 03, 2014

Time:10:00 AM - 03:00 PM

This is a FREE event hosted by Conservation Plainfield that includes exhibitors with educational displays, demonstrations of sustainable products and practices, sales of “green” products and services, and fun entertainment for all ages.
www.conservationplainfield.com
 
 (10:00 AM - 03:00 PM)
Fountaindale Public library Environmental Event
Event's details
May 10, 2014-May 10, 2014

Time:11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Location: Fountaindale Public Library, Bolingbrook, IL-IL


Paper Shredding - 11am-1pm; Cleaning and Greening Home - 2:30pm-4pm
 
 (11:00 AM - 04:00 PM)
2014 Household Hazardous Waste, Motor Oil & Electronics Collection Event
Event's details
May 31, 2014-May 31, 2014

Time:08:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Location: William B. Orenic School Parking Lot, Plainfield, IL-IL


Collection of nearly all types of electronics and household chemicals, hazardous materials and liquids at a school with a Plainfield address, in the midst of Joliet and Shorewood.
 
 (08:00 AM - 03:00 PM)
Will County Book Reuse and Recycling Event with Document Destruction
Event's details
June 06, 2014-June 08, 2014

Time:09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Location: Plicher Park Nature Center, Joliet, IL-IL


Residents are invited to bring books and magazines to share or recycle to this three day event at Pilcher Park in Joliet. Confidential documents are also welcomed for certified destruction. This event is FREE of charge.
 
 (09:00 AM - 04:00 PM)
Will County Book Reuse and Recycling Event with Document Destruction
Event's details
June 06, 2014-June 08, 2014

Time:09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Location: Plicher Park Nature Center, Joliet, IL-IL


Residents are invited to bring books and magazines to share or recycle to this three day event at Pilcher Park in Joliet. Confidential documents are also welcomed for certified destruction. This event is FREE of charge.
 
 (09:00 AM - 04:00 PM)
Will County Book Reuse and Recycling Event with Document Destruction
Event's details
June 06, 2014-June 08, 2014

Time:09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Location: Plicher Park Nature Center, Joliet, IL-IL


Residents are invited to bring books and magazines to share or recycle to this three day event at Pilcher Park in Joliet. Confidential documents are also welcomed for certified destruction. This event is FREE of charge.
 
 (09:00 AM - 04:00 PM)
2014 Household Hazardous Waste, Motor Oil & Electronics Collection Event
Event's details
June 14, 2014-June 14, 2014

Time:08:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Location: West End Park Parking Lot, Elwood, IL-IL


Collection of nearly all types of electronics and household chemicals, hazardous materials and liquids, coupled with document destruction, in a park in Elwood, a few blocks from Rt. 53.
 
 (08:00 AM - 03:00 PM)

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