New Recycling Center to Open in Rockford

LOVES PARK -- “Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful is excited to announce that it will open a new Recycle Center in Rockford September 14, to serve more area residents and businesses weekly,” said Executive Director Lori Gummow. “We want to make it easier for Stateline residents to help protect the environment by keeping recyclables and reusable items out of our landfill and waterways and to help prevent litter and blight,” Gummow added. “We will welcome donation drop-offs at our volunteer-staffed Recycle Center at 4665 Hydraulic Road, Rockford. It will be open from 9 a.m. – Noon every Saturday.”

Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful has operated a volunteer-run Recycle Center in Roscoe at 13125 North Second Street for 23 years. That location also operates from 9 a.m. to Noon on Saturdays, year-round.

“We know there are people in the area without curbside pick-up, such as apartment-dwellers, who would welcome the chance to be environmentally friendly. We will take clean glass food containers and plastic bottles, aluminum, corrugated cardboard and paper recyclables. We can also accept most metals or appliances, electronics, bagged clothing, stuffed toys and throw rugs, on a weekly basis,” Gummow continued. “This service will also make it simpler for people who are cleaning out homes or holding yard sales.”

The Recycle Center requires 10-to-14 volunteers every Saturday to operate efficiently. Residents aged 14 and up interested in community service are welcome to register with Volunteer Coordinator Martha Byrnes via email at or by calling 815-637-1343 weekdays, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Both the Recycle Centers in Rockford and Roscoe will accept free drop-offs of the following items:

  • Metals and Electronics: No TVs, computer monitors, appliances containing Freon or propane tanks.
  • Bagged Clothing: Wearable or not, including paired shoes, hats, belts, linens, throw rugs, stuffed toys.
  • Corrugated Cardboard, flattened: No pizza boxes.
  • Paper, preferably in paper bags: Newspapers, direct mail, office/computer paper, chipboard (e.g., cereal or tissue boxes), wire-ring notebooks, phone books, paperbacks and magazines.
  • Cell phones

    Also these four types of items, without lids, may be co-mingled (all containers should be rinsed):

  • Glass Containers: Food jars and bottles (green, brown or clear).
  • Plastic Containers: Bottles coded #1 and #2 with “necks and shoulders”.
  • Metal Cans: Food cans only.
  • Aluminum: Cans and scrap (foil, pie tins, gutters, etc.).

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