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. 

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Upcoming Green Events

2019 Textile, Shoe & Home Good Collection Event at County Building
Event's details
May 03, 2019-May 03, 2019

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 cooperation with Savers. This event will accept clothing, blankets, tablecloths, linens, drapes, towels, shoes, and more. Bring items for reuse and recycling. See Scott Slocum from WJOL AM1340 on Friday morning 5:30am-9:00am Sample bags of compost will be given on Friday to those bringing textiles!
 
 (08:30 AM - 04:30 PM)
Monee Hazardous Waste, Motor Oil & Electronics Collection Event
Event's details
May 11, 2019-May 11, 2019

Time:08:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Location: , Monee, IL-IL


Collection of nearly all types of electronics and household chemicals, hazardous materials and liquids. All participants are asked to make an appointment. Appointments will not be taken after NOON on Friday, prior to the event. There is a limit of 2 TVs per vehicle and ID required. We offer service to all Will County residents and ALL residents of any communities partially within Will County.
 
 (08:00 AM - 03:00 PM)
Bluestem Festival 2019 at University of St. Francis
Event's details
May 18, 2019-May 18, 2019

Time:10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Location: University of St. Francis, Joliet, IL-IL


Something for everyone from children's activities to educational booths featuring heirloom plants, crafts and local honey, live music, and free ice cream. Over 90 exhibitors, workshops, activities, and live demonstrations. FREE SHREDDING 9am-Noon
 
 (10:00 AM - 03:00 PM)
Document Destruction Event in Joliet 2019
Event's details
May 18, 2019-May 18, 2019

Time:09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: University of St. Francis, Joliet, IL-IL


Will County is providing a Document Destruction event on Saturday, May 18 at the University of St. Francis in Joliet as part of the Bluestem Festival. Residents are asked to bring confidential papers only between 9am and noon for on-site shredding. Residential materials only, no businesses.
 
 (09:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Will County Book Reuse and Recycling Event 2019
Event's details
May 31, 2019-June 02, 2019

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. This event is FREE of charge and a great place to find children's books as well as many more!. Plicher Park Nature Center
2501 Highland Park Drive
Joliet, IL, 60432
Signs will be posted.
 
 (09:00 AM - 04:00 PM)
Will County Book Reuse and Recycling Event 2019
Event's details
May 31, 2019-June 02, 2019

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. This event is FREE of charge and a great place to find children's books as well as many more!. Plicher Park Nature Center
2501 Highland Park Drive
Joliet, IL, 60432
Signs will be posted.
 
 (09:00 AM - 04:00 PM)
Will County Book Reuse and Recycling Event 2019
Event's details
May 31, 2019-June 02, 2019

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. This event is FREE of charge and a great place to find children's books as well as many more!. Plicher Park Nature Center
2501 Highland Park Drive
Joliet, IL, 60432
Signs will be posted.
 
 (09:00 AM - 04:00 PM)
Shredding offered by State Officials
Event's details
June 15, 2019-June 15, 2019

Time:09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Troy Craughwell Elementary School, Joliet, IL-IL


Residents are invited to bring sensitive documents with confidential information to be shredded on Saturday at Troy Craughwell Elementary School from 9am to noon. This event is being offered by State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant and State Representative Natalie Manley. It is free and open to the public.
 
 (09:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
 
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58 E. Clinton Street, Joliet, IL 60432

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