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Why Do You Recycle?

Recycling is a positive action. We can do more than usual this week recycling clothes at the County Building.

Recycling can be a very simple way to do something positive everyday.  If you’re home and have a curbside program, it’s far easier than if you need to drive items to a drop-off. Some people recycle more at home than at the office.  The ideal program in either place includes a garbage can next to the recycling bin to make the choice as time consuming as a twist of the wrist.

Everyday people visit willcountygreen.com or call the County offices with questions about recycling.  There are statistics that show 80% of people recycle some things.  Aluminum cans top the list. Their financial value and recycling longevity seem to play a role in this activity. Over 50% of every aluminum can is recovered aluminum, a testimony to the amount we all recycle. 

But, why do you, personally recycle? What makes you carry an extra bin to the curb or seek the collection dumpster at the local church or school for that paper?  Whatever your reason, you are making a difference. 

This week, Will County is collecting all types of textiles from shirts, shoes and pants to drapes, dresses and gym shoes. Tablecloths, blankets, scarves, gloves and hats are also included. Even if the zipper is broken, the stains won’t come out or a button is missing, bring these items to the collection. Cotton and polyester are just as recyclable as aluminum and the ones in good condition can be reused, which is even better than recycling!

Info on the collection is at http://www.willcountygreen.com/assets/1/AssetManager/2012%20Textile-Shoe%20Event.pdf  

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Larry Paveza May 09, 2012 at 12:48 PM
Does anyone know where to recycle alkaline batteries?
Will County Green by Marta Keane May 10, 2012 at 12:35 AM
Batteries come in a variety of sizes and types. All rechargeable batteries should be recycled because they have metals that may be hazardous to the environment. Alkaline batteries, several decades ago, had mercury in them and were also hazardous. Today, with the exception of some button batteries, alkalines have no mercury and are not hazardous. A few retailers do offer recycling for these non-hazardous batteries: Batteries Plus has several locations in and around Will County. A list is available at http://www.willcountygreen.com/recycling_centers.aspx
Erika Myette May 14, 2012 at 03:07 AM
You can also recycle textiles (clothes, linens, shoes etc) all the time with USagain.com who has bins in many will county forest preserves- most easily found in the parking lot behind Schmul School. It's a nationwide program that's awesome. See the website for more great info and other locations, and stop throwing away holey socks and stained undershirts!!

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