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

Sharper Edge (only sharpens scissors)

Grindstone Sharpening Service (only sharpens scissors)

 


Upcoming Green Events

Sharefest 2017: Recycle, Donate, HHW, Electronics (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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