May 6, 2010

Two Additional Recycling Sites to Open in Will County

Electronic and Traditional Recycling Offered at Shorewood and Beecher Locations


With the recent opening of two year-round electronic recycling sites in the Village of Bolingbrook and Channahon Township, two additional sites have set dates for a ribbon-cutting ceremony introducing new recycling drop-off locations in partnership with Will County. These new sites will offer both electronics recycling for residents and traditional recycling for residents and businesses.


On Monday, July 23 at 9 a.m., Will County Executive Larry Walsh will join Troy Township Highway Commissioner Dan Ward for the third ribbon-cutting event in the County acknowledging the new drop-off site. It will be at the Troy Township Highway Department, 25358 Seil Road (between County Line and River Roads) in Shorewood.


The fourth opening of the county-wide recycling program will be in Washington Township in cooperation with the Village of Beecher. County Executive Walsh will also be on hand for its ribbon-cutting event scheduled for Tuesday, July 31 at 3:30 p.m. at 30200 Town Center Road in Beecher.


Both the Beecher and Shorewood locations will allow residents of Will County to recycle both electronic and traditional items. All items with a computer chip will be accepted and include a diverse group of products such as computers, televisions and VCRs to radios, answering machines and electronic toys.


In addition, businesses and residents not served by a curbside recycling service will be able to recycle all types of paper from newspaper to cardboard and junk mail. Many types of containers will also be accepted including aluminum cans, glass bottles, tin cans and drink boxes.


Sponsored by the Will County Land Use Department, the recycling program addresses the need for a disposal alternative due to the ongoing increase of electronic products. According to the EPA, an estimated 20-to-50 million tons of electronic waste is generated nationally each year, with about 85% of it ending up in landfills. These numbers, coupled with future projections of the potential of millions of analog televisions discarded in 2009 due to the switch to a digital-only broadcast format, will impact landfills significantly. The EPA also reports that electronics contain many hazardous materials including lead, mercury and hexavalent chromium.


The four recycling partnerships with Will County is only the beginning. Applications for additional sites are now being accepted from municipalities and townships. According to Keane, the goal is to establish a network of drop-off locations throughout the 841 square miles of Will County in order to provide residents with conveniently located sites and times of operation.


Vintage Tech Recyclers of Plainfield is approved to service the electronic portion of the project and Allied is providing recycling service.

Currently, the electronic portion of the drop-off is for residential use only, electronics from business will not be accepted.


For more information on the Will County Residential Recycling program, call 815-727-8834 , email, or go to