Board approves more electronics recycling sites
New Lenox Township, village of Peotone to collect electronics twice a month
JOLIET, IL- The Will County Board approved two intergovernmental agreements to add electronic recycling drop off sites in New Lenox Township and the village of Peotone. The move comes in response to the county abruptly losing its longtime vendor back in March.
“Electronic recycling is an issue residents in my district have been asking for help in finding a solution, and I’m pleased we now have a real option for them again,” said board member Ray Tuminello (R-New Lenox). “Quite frankly, it’s a shame there are not more places to dispose of these types of products in a safe and environmentally friendly way. For many years, it was a tough sell to get people to recycle anything, and now many are mindful of what they send to landfills but are faced with limited recycling options for electronics.”
The Board has been scrambling to meet the demand to recycle electronic products, ever since the county’s longtime vendor unexpectedly exited its contract in March. The county used to have 13 drop off sites. Since March, only one recycling site has been available at the Lockport Public Works Department. Electronic Recyclers International, the county’s new vendor, handles hauling away everything collected.
Residents from any Will County community can make use of the three collection sites. Lockport’s site is open Tuesdays and Fridays from 6am to 11am. The village of Peotone’s site is open the first and third Wednesdays of each month from 5pm to 7pm at the police department. New Lenox Township’s site is open the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month from 5pm to 7pm at the township office.