America Recycles Day Contest

Resident Green Photo Contest

For several years Will County has offered residents and those employed throughout Will County to take a photo of themselves, friend or family member in the act of "being green" (recycling, composting, conserving energy or water). They then submit the photo with their name and contact information to by November 15! This becomes an entry, with one winner chosen to receive a popular refurbished electronic device. The item in 2015 will be an iPad2!

The America Recycles Day Photo contest accepts photos anytime between August 1 and November 15.  

For 2017, Will County is offering an Earth Day Photo Contest.

Photos will be accepted anytime between December 1 and April 24.

All photos submitted become the property of Will County and may be used on our website, social media or in conjunction with press releases.


Photo Eligibility
All photos must have been taken within Will County within the last two years.
The photo subject must include a person who lives or works within Will County.
The photo must be relevant to one of the following contest categories:
• Recycling
• Reuse
• Gardening or Composting
• Energy Efficiency
• Waste Reduction
• Water Conservation

Entries must be submitted by the sole owner of the copyright of any image submitted. Your submission of the photo and entry form is your guarantee that you are the author and copyright holder of the photo.
Number of Entries
An individual may submit up to five photos for each contest period.
Photo Subject Restrictions
Photos must be appropriate for posting on a public website. Obscene, provocative or otherwise questionable content will not be considered. Will County’s Department of Land Use retains sole discretion as to what constitutes inappropriate content.
Ownership/Use Rights
By entering the contest, entrants agree to have their submitted photograph displayed on any of the Will County websites, specifically on without any fee or other form of compensation, and agree that Will County may display all entered photos on their website, Facebook or other social media sites; and may retain copies of the photograph for archival purposes. Photos may be credited to the photographer named in the entry form. Entries (including non-winning entries) may be selected for display or use in other Will County web pages and promotional materials. Entries will never be used by Will County in any manner for sale. In the event that ownership of any photograph submitted to Will County is contested in any manner, Will County retains the discretion to disqualify that photograph and discontinue use of the photograph.
How to Enter
Digital photos may be submitted through our emails: or If you are submitting multiple entries, please limit the number of photos to two per email in order to keep the file size limited. 

Entries will be judged on the basis of creativity, photographic quality, and effectiveness in conveying the environmental action. A Will County panel will judge the entries and all contest decisions are final. Entries that fail to comply with the Official Contest Rules will be disqualified.
Judges will select a first place winning photo. Winning photographs, along with the entrant's name and information about the photo will be offered in press releases and displayed on the website, along with one or more social media sites.
Submitting Digital Images
Submit your digital image using electronic mail. Images must be submitted in a JPG medium to high quality format.
Image Modifications:
Minor digital enhancement is permitted, but images that have been significantly modified or appear unnatural will be disqualified.
Not Permitted:
• No borders or frames may be added to images.
• No watermarks, signatures, or copyright notices may be added to images. Adding or replacing elements in an image is not permitted.
• Artistic filters are not permitted.
Permitted Modifications:
• Images may be cropped and rotated as necessary as long as the rectangular format is maintained and the size is within the specifications above.
• Images may be resized as long as the aspect ratio is maintained
• Red-eye removal and spot editing
• One-step enhancement (such as "AutoFix", "QuickFix", "Auto Levels", etc.)
• Use of filters to sharpen, soften, blur, despeckle, or remove noise.
• Use of corrective functions to improve the natural appearance of the image, such as levels, contrast, brightness, curves, intensity, tone, hue, saturation, lightness, value, color balance, and tint.

Additional Terms and Conditions
Will County is not responsible for computer system, hardware, software, or program malfunctions or other errors, failures, or delayed computer transactions or network connections that are human or technical in nature. Furthermore, Will County is not responsible for: (i) lost, misdirected, misplaced, illegible, unintelligible, incomplete, or late entries or (ii) any act, failure to act, or delay regarding the transmitting or processing of entries. Will County reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel or suspend all or any portion of this contest without notice if factors beyond Will County control, including technical difficulties, disrupt or corrupt the fair or secure administration or operation of the contest. Will County is entitled to interpret these rules as needed and its decisions are final. Will County reserves the right to disqualify any entrant that Will County has reason to believe is not the original work of entrant, or does not otherwise meet the contest rules. If a winner is disqualified or determined to be ineligible, an alternate winner will be selected using the same judging process/criteria described above. Alternate winners are subject to all requirements set forth in these Official Rules.

By participating in the contest, you agree to release and hold harmless Will County and its employees, officers, affiliates, agents, contest sponsors and advertising and promotional agencies from any and all damages, injuries, claims, causes of actions, or losses of any kind resulting from your participation in this contest, including infringement of intellectual property rights. Will County and its employees, officers, affiliates, agents, contest sponsors and advertising and promotional agencies assume no responsibility or liability for any damages, injuries, claims, causes of actions, or losses of any kind arising in whole or in part from this contest.


Past Non-Profit Winners

2014 Winners:  
William Young School 
in Homer Glen
YMCA of Joliet
Plainfield United Methodist Church Green Team

Non-Profit Contest

For the first time, in 2014, Will County offered non-profit organizations a chance to win a refurbished iPad2! The application was due by November 10, 2014! The winners were announced in the Will County Green newsletter, featured on Facebook and in the local news media. 

The non-profit contest is temporarily closed but the old application is viewable; please click here for the application!


Green News, Tips & Fun Facts

Upcoming Green Events

New Lenox Recyclepalooza: Hazardous Waste, Electronics, Wood, & More Collection Event 2022
Event's details
September 10, 2022-September 10, 2022

Time:08:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Location: , New Lenox, IL-IL

Collection of nearly all types of electronics and household chemicals, hazardous materials and liquids. There is a limit of 2 TVs and 15 gallons of paint per vehicle. ID required. We offer service to all Will County residents and all residents of any communities partially within Will County.
 (September 10, 2022 08:00 AM - September 10, 2022 03:00 PM)
Learn about Composting & Green Lawn Practices in Naperville
Event's details
September 18, 2022-September 18, 2022

Time:02:30 PM - 04:30 PM
Location: The Conservation Foundation, Naperville, IL-IL

“Home composting made easy and inexpensive” coupled with the "Green Lawn Practice" offered by The Conservation Foundation and Will County..
 (September 18, 2022 02:30 PM - September 18, 2022 04:30 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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