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Record amount of textiles collected at annual event

Morning man Scott Slocum from WJOL-AM (center) laughs as News Director Steve Brandy (left) and Will County Executive Larry Walsh banter during a live broadcast at the Will County Office Building on May 2.
Morning man Scott Slocum from WJOL-AM (center) laughs as News Director Steve Brandy (left) and Will County Executive Larry Walsh banter during a live broadcast at the Will County Office Building on May 2.

     JOLIET – A record amount of textiles was collected during Will County’s annual weeklong event.

     Textiles were collected April 28-May 2 at the County Office Building and other household goods were taken on May 2 as part of the Will County Land Use Department Resource Recovery and Energy’s annual event.

     Marta Keane, Recycling Program Specialist, said, “I’m so happy we got to partner with Goodwill this year; they added a new element to the collection.” The County has alternated among agencies, including Goodwill, Share Your Soles and Nike, St. Vincent DePaul and USAgain, over the years the collection has been held at the County Office Building, 302 N. Chicago St.

     Keane said more than 5,100 pounds of textiles were collected during the most recent collection, topping last year’s record amount by more than 1,000 pounds. In addition, on Friday, at Goodwill’s suggestion, nearly 400 pounds of home goods were collected.  

     As is the tradition, WJOL-AM partnered with the County to broadcast from the County Office Building to discuss recycling initiatives on the drive’s last morning.

     Will County Executive Larry Walsh gave credit for the programs’ successes to the Resource Recovery and Energy staff. “We have given them pretty much free rein,” he said.

     He said residents have adopted recycling as a way of life. “You can see the number of homes where the bags of recycling outnumber the bags of municipal waste on garbage day.”

     The Land Use Department is led by Curt Paddock and is under the County Executive’s office. 

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