JOLIET – The Will County Land Use Department’s Resource Recovery and Energy Division will sponsor its first Recyclepalooza as part of GR2012, the Celebrating Sustainability event at Joliet Junior College on Saturday, May 19.
The County is partnering with Acme Recycling, Dart Container, Goodwill, Hospital Sisters Mission, Vintage Tech and WorkingBikes to offer recycling and reuse options, as well as household hazardous waste disposal.
“We’re proud to offer ways to dispose of everything from cookie packaging to small appliances,” said Will County Executive Larry Walsh. “People can drop off items and then join the rest of the festival to learn about local farmers and artisans, hear from sustainability experts, go on walks through JJC’s natural areas, listen to live bands, and much more.”
The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. rain or shine.
Recyclepalooza stations will be in the parking lot at JJC, 1215 Houbolt Road. Stations will be offered for: household hazardous waste; electronics; textile/clothing and home goods; worn or torn American flags; medical equipment; cookie wrappers; jewelry; bicycles; foam plastics; and scrap metal.
In addition, the Resource Recovery and Energy Division will be one of 70 exhibitors with a booth at the festival. Marta Keane, the county’s recycling specialist, will be on hand to answer recycling and composting questions.
The Celebrating Sustainability Festival, in its third year, is possible thanks to a group of founding partners, the City of Joliet; Forest Preserve District of Will County, Joliet Job Corp., Joliet Junior College, Joliet Park District; Joliet Public Library; Joliet Public School District 86, Joliet Township, University of Illinois Extension and Will County.
“I’m glad this event has grown into such a large, family-friendly festival at which everyone can learn something,” said Walsh. “I hope Will County residents take advantage of this opportunity, as well as recognize the people and companies that have led the way when it comes to sustainability.