Will County is offering a couple of extra ways to help you rid your house of unwanted "stuff" that doesn't involve putting it in a landfill.
This week, through Friday, May 3, textiles of all types -- from slacks with broken zippers to those drapes you just replaced, and everything in between -- can be dropped off at the County Office Building, 302 N. Chicago St., Joliet. All of the things that are too worn to be passed on to someone else can be recycled. Items in usable condition are also accepted and will be given new homes.
The County has partnered with USAgain, which will make sure all of the items are recycled or reused. That includes footwear. The County Office Building is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. On Friday, May 3, Scott Slocum and crew from 1340 WJOL will broadcast live in front of the building from 6:30 to 9 a.m. Stop on by and be part of the fun.
The second event, a favorite at my house, is the annual Book Recyling and Document Destruction Event set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, June 7-9, at Pilcher Park in Joliet. The Will County Land Use Department's Resource Recovery and Energy Division partners with the Joliet Park District to host the three-day event.
The event offers a good way to put your unwanted books on someone else's bookshelves. Or put someone else's books on yours. Schools and libraries also participate. Individuals may drop off unwanted reading materials throughout the three days.
You can also think of it as a long-term lending library. I've picked up books, read them and brought them back the next year. My kids love to go and find their favorite authors. And some of my daughter's friends, beginning their teaching careers, have found books to start their classroom collections.
And you can't beat the price. Whether you're dropping off, picking up or both, it's free. Books left at the end of the three days will be recycled, further saving space in our landfill.
You can also bring documents for destruction, keeping your private information unavailable to those who would like to use it for their own benefit.
Will County Executive Larry Walsh believes people want to help their environment as much as they can. He, Land Use Director Curt Paddock and Paddock's staff want to make being "green" as convenient as possible.
As always, information on these programs, as well as the County's other environmental initiatives can be found at www.willcountygreen.com.
I hope you take advantage of these events.