Festival and Special Event Recycling

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Festivals and large parties are fun but they generate a lot of waste. There are many ways to reduce the amount generated and recycle it. The County Recycling Specialist is available to Park Districts and community groups as they plan festival events to assist. Below are tips that any organization can use to cut the waste and recycle as much as possible.  

Tips for Recycling at Festivals

Start with Vendors! Ask them to serve items in recyclable or compostable materials. (Think aluminum cans, plastic bottles, paper plates, biodegrable utensils)

Collect Cardboard, Chipboard, Aluminum, Tin/Steel, Plastic. Vendors bring many of their supplies in cardboard and chipboard boxes. If they are serving food, many supplies come in Tin/Steel Cans that do not need rinsed to be recycled.  Aluminum cans and aluminum foil can easily be added. Plastic containers may also be collected.

Setting up pairs of collection containers: Carts or Dumpsters or Roll-Off dumpsters may be designated for garbage and comingled recycling.

Ask participants to Recycle! Signs and pairs of collection containers such as those pictured above make the choice to recycle easy for participants. Remember that photos are worth 1,000 words so label collection containers with words and graphics. 

Upcoming Green Events

Really, Really Free Market 2017 - Plainfield
Event's details
August 05, 2017-August 05, 2017

Time:08:30 AM - 03:00 PM
Location: Plainfield United Methodist Church, Plainfield, IL-IL


The Plainfield United Methodist Church’s Green Team is organizing their fourth annual, Really, Really Free Market. Think "Garage Sale - except everything is FREE!" Everyone is invited to bring in items they don't want and to take items they can use wiithout any fees. The event takes place at Plainfield United Methodist Church's Fellowship Hall, 15114 S. Illinois Street, Plainfield, IL from 8:30am-3pm.
 
 (08:30 AM - 03:00 PM)
Back-To-School Clothing ReUse and Donation Drive
Event's details
August 07, 2017-August 11, 2017

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


Back-to-School Clothing Reuse and Donation Collection at the County Office Building Monday through Friday during normal business hours in cooperation with Sharefest. This event will accept clean, reusable clothing for children Kindergarten through high school. Sharefest will be distributing items to children of Evergreen Terrace and other areas of Will County.
 
 (08:30 AM - 04:30 PM)
Back-To-School Clothing ReUse and Donation Drive
Event's details
August 07, 2017-August 11, 2017

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


Back-to-School Clothing Reuse and Donation Collection at the County Office Building Monday through Friday during normal business hours in cooperation with Sharefest. This event will accept clean, reusable clothing for children Kindergarten through high school. Sharefest will be distributing items to children of Evergreen Terrace and other areas of Will County.
 
 (08:30 AM - 04:30 PM)
Back-To-School Clothing ReUse and Donation Drive
Event's details
August 07, 2017-August 11, 2017

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


Back-to-School Clothing Reuse and Donation Collection at the County Office Building Monday through Friday during normal business hours in cooperation with Sharefest. This event will accept clean, reusable clothing for children Kindergarten through high school. Sharefest will be distributing items to children of Evergreen Terrace and other areas of Will County.
 
 (08:30 AM - 04:30 PM)
Back-To-School Clothing ReUse and Donation Drive
Event's details
August 07, 2017-August 11, 2017

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


Back-to-School Clothing Reuse and Donation Collection at the County Office Building Monday through Friday during normal business hours in cooperation with Sharefest. This event will accept clean, reusable clothing for children Kindergarten through high school. Sharefest will be distributing items to children of Evergreen Terrace and other areas of Will County.
 
 (08:30 AM - 04:30 PM)
Back-To-School Clothing ReUse and Donation Drive
Event's details
August 07, 2017-August 11, 2017

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


Back-to-School Clothing Reuse and Donation Collection at the County Office Building Monday through Friday during normal business hours in cooperation with Sharefest. This event will accept clean, reusable clothing for children Kindergarten through high school. Sharefest will be distributing items to children of Evergreen Terrace and other areas of Will County.
 
 (08:30 AM - 04:30 PM)
Sharefest 2017: Recycle, Donate, HHW (2 TV limit)
Event's details
September 09, 2017-September 09, 2017

Time:08:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Location: Spencer Trail School, New Lenox, IL-IL


Recycling foam plastic, scrap wood, a wide range of electronics (2 TV limit), donating clothing, textiles and home goods, book drive, food drive, scrap metal collection, Household Hazardous Waste collection, (The Sharefest organization has designated several small giveaway events throughout the year!)
 
 (08:00 AM - 03:00 PM)
Electronics Recycling Event at A-Team's Shorewood Facility
Event's details
October 07, 2017-October 07, 2017

Time:08:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Location: A-Team Recyclers Parking Lot, Shorewood, IL-IL


Time to clean out the house and recycle all those old electronics in the basement, attic, crawlspace, garage, collecting dust that you have not used, or have not worked in years.
 
 (08:00 AM - 01:00 PM)
 
Will County Land Use Department
Will County - Land Use Department - Resource Recovery & Energy
58 E. Clinton Street, Joliet, IL 60432

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