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

Spring 2024 Recyclepalooza: Hazardous Waste, Electronics, Wood, & More Collection Event
Event's details
April 27, 2024-April 27, 2024

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


Collection of nearly all types of electronics and household chemicals, hazardous materials and liquids. Wood, Scrap Metal, Foam and Donations of clothing, books, toys, cookware. Appointments taken through Friday at 9am. There is a limit of 2 TVs per vehicle, 15 gallons of paint, and ID required. We offer service to all Will County residents and all residents of any communities partially within Will County. Volunteers needed.
 
 (April 27, 2024 08:00 AM - April 27, 2024 03:00 PM)
2024 Textile, Shoe & Home Good Collection
Event's details
May 06, 2024-May 10, 2024

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


Textile Collection at the County Office Building PARKING LOT Monday through Friday during normal business hours. This event will accept clean 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. Small home goods in working condition will also be accepted each day.
 
 (May 06, 2024 08:30 AM - May 10, 2024 04:30 PM)
2024 Textile, Shoe & Home Good Collection
Event's details
May 06, 2024-May 10, 2024

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


Textile Collection at the County Office Building PARKING LOT Monday through Friday during normal business hours. This event will accept clean 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. Small home goods in working condition will also be accepted each day.
 
 (May 06, 2024 08:30 AM - May 10, 2024 04:30 PM)
2024 Textile, Shoe & Home Good Collection
Event's details
May 06, 2024-May 10, 2024

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


Textile Collection at the County Office Building PARKING LOT Monday through Friday during normal business hours. This event will accept clean 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. Small home goods in working condition will also be accepted each day.
 
 (May 06, 2024 08:30 AM - May 10, 2024 04:30 PM)
Compost Bin & Rain Barrel - Pick-Up May 9
Event's details
May 09, 2024-May 09, 2024

Time:09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Rain Barrels and Compost Bins are excellent ways to reduce and conserve in your home or at your office. Will County has partnered with The Conservation Foundation to offer these items. Place an order online by May 5 and pick-up on May 9 from the parking lot at The Conservation Foundation in Naperville.
 
 (May 09, 2024 09:00 AM - May 09, 2024 12:00 PM)
2024 Textile, Shoe & Home Good Collection
Event's details
May 06, 2024-May 10, 2024

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


Textile Collection at the County Office Building PARKING LOT Monday through Friday during normal business hours. This event will accept clean 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. Small home goods in working condition will also be accepted each day.
 
 (May 06, 2024 08:30 AM - May 10, 2024 04:30 PM)
2024 Textile, Shoe & Home Good Collection
Event's details
May 06, 2024-May 10, 2024

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


Textile Collection at the County Office Building PARKING LOT Monday through Friday during normal business hours. This event will accept clean 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. Small home goods in working condition will also be accepted each day.
 
 (May 06, 2024 08:30 AM - May 10, 2024 04:30 PM)
Compost Bin & Rain Barrel - Pick-Up May 10
Event's details
May 10, 2024-May 10, 2024

Time:08:00 AM - 01:00 PM

Rain Barrels and Compost Bins are excellent ways to reduce and conserve in your home or at your office. Will County has partnered with The Conservation Foundation to offer compost bins and rain barrels. Simply order online by May 5 and pick-up on May 10 from the parking lot of County Office Building in Joliet..
 
 (May 10, 2024 08:00 AM - May 10, 2024 01:00 PM)
Beecher Electronics, Hazardous Waste & Motor Oil Collection Event
Event's details
May 11, 2024-May 11, 2024

Time:08:00 AM - 03:00 PM

Collection of nearly all types of electronics and household chemicals, hazardous materials and liquids. All participants must make an APPOINTMENT. There is a limit of 2 TVs per vehicle, maximum 15 gallons of paint, and ID required. We offer service to all Will County residents and all residents of any communities partially within Will County.
 
 (May 11, 2024 08:00 AM - May 11, 2024 03:00 PM)
Will County Book Reuse and Recycling Event 2024
Event's details
May 31, 2024-June 02, 2024

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.
 
 (May 31, 2024 09:00 AM - June 02, 2024 04:00 PM)
Will County Book Reuse and Recycling Event 2024
Event's details
May 31, 2024-June 02, 2024

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.
 
 (May 31, 2024 09:00 AM - June 02, 2024 04:00 PM)
Will County Book Reuse and Recycling Event 2024
Event's details
May 31, 2024-June 02, 2024

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.
 
 (May 31, 2024 09:00 AM - June 02, 2024 04:00 PM)
 
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