Reuse (Donate, Buy Used, Repair, Maintain)

No one would consider buying a new car because the one they are driving needs an oil change, new brakes or a tire rotation. In fact, all of us reuse items by taking proper care of them but increasingly, we are replacing items instead of repairing or maintaining them. The items we replace become unwanted and we either send them to the landfill, recycle them, or, if the option exists, donate them.

Donating items is better than recycling them because minimal amounts of energy are used in refurbishing them. Consider toys and books children outgrow, clothing, shoes, blankets, and utensil sets with a few pieces missing; all these items are easily given to relatives, friends or donated. As recent graduates and young newlyweds with little money to spare, we may have shopped thrift stores for picture frames, glassware, furniture and much more. Perhaps as older adults, we offer garage sales to clean out unwanted but perfectly usable items. This is a great way to reuse items.  Many of us enjoy bargain shopping, finding treasures in a neighbor's yard sale or at the local thrift shop.

In fact, reuse has become a viable part of the economy as new stores and national chains have established themselves firmly in the "gently used" retail market. Consider stores such as:

Ashley's Pick-a-Part
Better the Second Time Around
Catherines

Clothes Mentor
Cutting Corners and More
Disc Replay
Goodwill
My Little Store
Once Upon a Child
Plato's Closet
Savers Thrift Store
St. Vincent DePaul

 

Repair

Anytime an item is repaired, rather than replaced, it can save resources.  Over time the County has highlighted businesses in the emailed newsletter that assist residents in preserving and maintaining items so they can be reused. Consider cutlery, having knives and scissors sharpened can make them last longer and save money over the cost replacement. Having a purse or shoes repaired, especially an expensive item, saves money, prevents waste and conserves resources.

Often, people do not consider the resources that are used to make an item.  Leather must be treated and shipped hundreds of miles, if not thousands, depending on where it came from and where it is being sold. Water, chemicals, energy are all resources used to make products. Imagine how much pollution is prevented when we repair an item instead of replacing it. Some local examples of repair options:

Andy's Shoe Repair (almost any leather product)
Mag Appliance
Rich's Sharpening Service


Upcoming Green Events

2017 Textile Recycling Event at County Building
Event's details
May 01, 2017-May 05, 2017

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 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 5:30am-9:00am. Home goods will be accepted on Friday morning only.
 
 (08:30 AM - 04:30 PM)
2017 Textile Recycling Event at County Building
Event's details
May 01, 2017-May 05, 2017

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 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 5:30am-9:00am. Home goods will be accepted on Friday morning only.
 
 (08:30 AM - 04:30 PM)
2017 Textile Recycling Event at County Building
Event's details
May 01, 2017-May 05, 2017

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 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 5:30am-9:00am. Home goods will be accepted on Friday morning only.
 
 (08:30 AM - 04:30 PM)
2017 Textile Recycling Event at County Building
Event's details
May 01, 2017-May 05, 2017

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 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 5:30am-9:00am. Home goods will be accepted on Friday morning only.
 
 (08:30 AM - 04:30 PM)
2017 Textile Recycling Event at County Building
Event's details
May 01, 2017-May 05, 2017

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 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 5:30am-9:00am. Home goods will be accepted on Friday morning only.
 
 (08:30 AM - 04:30 PM)
Beecher-WashingtonTwp Hazardous Waste, Motor Oil & Electronics Collection Event
Event's details
May 06, 2017-May 06, 2017

Time:08:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Location: Washington Township, Beecher, IL-IL


Collection of nearly all types of electronics and household chemicals, hazardous materials and liquids. There is a limit of 2 TVs per vehicle and ID required. We offer service to all Will County residents and all of residents of any communities partially within Will County. (excludes Indiana residents).
 
 (08:00 AM - 03:00 PM)
2017 Fountaindale Public Library Free Shredding Event
Event's details
May 20, 2017-May 20, 2017

Time:11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Location: Fountaindale Public Libary, Bolingbrook, IL-IL


Will County residents are invited to bring up to three boxes of personal papers and documents to observe the on-site mobile shredding process. Papers include: Medical records, Legal papers, Canceled checks, Bank/financial statements, Credit card statements or offers, All shredded paper will be recycled.

 
 (11:00 AM - 03:00 PM)
Homer Glen Earth Day-Arbor Day Event 2017
Event's details
May 20, 2017-May 20, 2017

Time:11:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Location: The Konow Farm, Homer Glen, IL-IL


Saturday - May 20, 2017, Village of Homer Glen Earth Day~Arbor Day
at The Konow Farm. A free family fun event with Exhibitors and Demonstrations
 
 (11:00 AM - 04:00 PM)
Will County Book Reuse and Recycling Event 2017
Event's details
June 02, 2017-June 04, 2017

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!.
 
 (09:00 AM - 04:00 PM)
Will County Book Reuse and Recycling Event 2017
Event's details
June 02, 2017-June 04, 2017

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!.
 
 (09:00 AM - 04:00 PM)
Will County Book Reuse and Recycling Event 2017
Event's details
June 02, 2017-June 04, 2017

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!.
 
 (09:00 AM - 04:00 PM)
 
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