JOLIET – Will County electronic recycling sites collected nearly 2 million pounds in the first part of 2013, greater than all of 2011.
Marta Keane, Recycling Program Specialist with the Will County Land Use Resource Recovery and Energy Division, said, “Vintage Tech has reported collecting 1,927,521 pounds from Jan. 1 to June 30.
“We are going gangbusters on electronics as more people have learned that they are recyclable and they are banned from Illinois landfills!”
Will County Executive Larry Walsh said it proves that people want to do the right thing and recycle, and the County, with its partner Vintage Tech of Plainfield, has made it convenient for them by providing permanent drop-off sites and home collection.
“Last year we doubled the storage capacity of three of our drop-off sites,” Walsh said. “And all of our sites have seen increased participation.”
In 2012, 3,208,437 pounds were collected.
“This is all the more amazing when you consider we recycled 1,677,039 total in 2011,” said Walsh. “We have recycled more in the first six months of 2013 than in all of 2011.”
Keane added, “We couldn’t be this successful and service our residents’ needs without all of our partners.”
Permanent residential recycling sites, which accept more than 60 electronic and electrical items are at: 299 Canterbury Lane, Bolingbrook; 25461 S. Fryer St., Channahon; 500 S. Kankakee, Godley; 14400 W. 151st St., Homer Glen; Forest Preserve District of Will County office, 17540 W. Laraway Road, Joliet; 17112 Prime Blvd., Lockport; 24645 S. Eastern Ave, Manhattan; 19004 Wolf Road, Mokena; Monee Reservoir, 27341 Ridgeland Ave, Monee; 1100 S. Cedar Road, New Lenox; 162 S. School St., Braidwood; 195 S. Budler Road, Romeoville; 30200 Town Center Road, Beecher; and Troy Township Highway Department, 25358 Seil Road, ShorewoodHours vary by site. For additional information about electronic recycling, hours of operation and Will County Land Use -RRE, go to www.willcountygreen.com. Information about items which are banned from landfills can also be found there, as well as the County’s front-door service options.
Use Department is under the County Executive’s office and is led by Director