Traditional Recycling Drop Offs

N Lenox Trad Recy Ribbon Cutting 2011 05 06Summary of Traditional Recycling Drop-Offs:

  • Recycling saves natural resources.      
  • Recycling saves landfill space and controls disposal costs.
  • Recycling creates local and regional jobs. 
 

Will County partners for Recycling Drop-Offs:Drop Off Icon

  • Channahon Township
  • City of Lockport
  • Godley Park District
  • New Lenox Township
  • Troy Township Highway Department
  • Washington Township/Village of Beecher

Drop-Off Instructions

  • Bag shredded paper.
  • Bring all residentially or business generated recyclable materials to the drop-off site during operational hours.
  • Remove materials from your vehicle.
  • Empty plastic bags (excluding bags of shredded paper) of recyclables into the dumpster.
  • Close lids to prevent blowing of materials or litter issues. 
  • DO NOT TAKE any items that have already been dropped off. Once items have been placed in the box they are part of the Recycling Program.

 

Items Accepted

Fiber Items:
 

Containers:

White Paper / Copy Paper

Gift Wrap / Greeting Cards

Aluminum Cans / Foil / Trays

Colored Paper and Construction Paper

Paper Bags

Steel / Tin Cans

Office Paper

Magazines/ Catalogs/ Phone Books

All Plastic Bottles (lids may remain on) 

Letterhead
Soft Cover Books

Plastic Containers (except Styrofoam)

Computer Paper

Notebooks

Glass Bottles (clear, green, brown)

Unwanted/Junk Mail
Manila Folders

 

Envelopes with or without windows

Calendars

Milk & Juice Cartons / Drink Boxes

Adhesive Note Paper (Post-Its©)

Newspaper

Empty Aerosol Cans

Fax Paper / Coated Paper
Chipboard (tissue & pasta boxes)

Empty, dried out Paint Cans 

Scrap Paper / Shredded Paper
Corrugated Cardboard (must flatten)
Beverage Carrier Straps / 6-pack rings

 

What happens to the items recycled?

All the materials placed in the bins will go to a recycling processing facility where they will be sorted by type.
 
Aluminum cans will be zapped into one pile, steel will be magnetically lifted to another and plastics will be hand sorted. The paper will be similarly sorted by types. Then the materials are made into large bales (like hay bales-but bigger!), loaded into semi-trucks and taken to manufacturers.
 
At the manufacturer, paper will be dropped into vats of water. It will be pressed and rolled out into new paper products. Magazines may become copy paper, office paper may transform into newspaper and newspaper may be part of your next tissue.
 
Soda pop cans usually become soda pop cans again, often in less than 6 weeks! A soup can may become a steel beam or a file cabinet. Soda pop bottles usually become carpeting while milk jugs and laundry bottles may become maintenance-free decking.
 
Recycling one ton of paper saves 6,953 gal­lons of water, 463 gallons of oil, 587 pounds of air pollution, 3.06 cubic yards of landfill space, 4,077 Kilowatt hours of en­ergy and 17 trees. Recycling just one aluminum can or glass bottle saves enough en­ergy to power your computer for 3 hours. 
 
The point is that all the items collected have markets; they will become new items and in the process create jobs, save landfill space and reduce natural resource consumption.
 
Recycling at home, at school, at work and at play just makes sense! 

 

Traditional Recycling Drop-Off Locations:

  

Beecher

Washington Township

30200 Town Center

708-946-2026

Hours:
Tuesday & Thursday 7am-3pm

 

Braidwood

Reed-Custer Admin/Braidwood HS

255 Comet Drive

815-458-2307

Hours:
Monday-Sunday 6am-7pm

Channahon

Channahon Township

25461 S Fryer Street
(seven blocks South of Rt. 6,
turn at Subway)

815-467-2699

Hours:
Saturday 8am-2pm year-round
Wed. 3pm-7pm March-October

Crete

Crete Lions Club (independent)

17112 Douglas Rd

708-672-457

Hours:
Monday-Friday 7am-9am
Saturday 7am-12pm

Godley

Godley Park District

500 S. Kankakee St

815-458-6129

Hours:
Monday-Friday 7:00am-4:30pm

New Lenox

New Lenox Township

1100 S. Cedar

815-485-6431

Hours:
Monday-Friday 1:00pm-3:30pm
4th Sat of the Month 8am-Noon

Lockport

City of Lockport

17112 Prime Blvd
(East of I-355 overpass)

815-838-0549 x8

Hours:
Monday-Friday, 7am-3pm

Shorewood

Troy Township Highway Department

25358 Seil Road
(West from River Rd & Seil)

815-828-5275

Hours:
Monday-Friday, 7am-3:30pm

Wilmington

Prairie View Landfill

29755 S. Prairie View Drive
(past the entrance)

815-423-5120

Hours:
Monday-Friday, 6am-3pm

 

Want a Drop-Off in your area?

GRANTS Available:

Municipalities, Townships,
Park Districts
Welcome to Apply

 

Please view our Green Guide Database for more Traditional Recycling locations!

 

Paper Recycling Drop-Offs - Independent of the County

An independent company provides paper recycling opportunities to businesses and residents at school and church locations throughout Will County.  For a list of acceptable items and locations visit

AbitibiBowater's Paper Retriever

 


Multi-family/Apartment Recycling - Information on starting a program

Many people who rely on Recycling Drop-Off locations live in multi-family buildings such as condominums or apartment buildings that are not included in municipal contracted residential collection services.  People in these situations often require special assistance in setting up their program and educating maintenance staff and neighbors.  The City of Chicago and New York each prepared brief presentations for the US EPA on how to start recycling in these situations.

 

 
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58 E. Clinton Street, Joliet, IL 60432

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