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For over 24 years, we have annually diverted more than 36,000 used Christmas Trees from our local landfills. As one of the community’s most popular programs, the chipping of the old trees into valuable pine mulch which is free for home landscaping, returns the nutrients to the ground.

City of Loves Park City of Rockford
ComCast Harlem Township
Lincoln Rent-All Rockford Park District
Trans Environmental Ltd. Valley View Farms
Village of Cherry Valley Village of Machesney Park
Village of Rockton Village of Roscoe
WTVO Channel 17/Fox 39 Winnebago County Forest Preserve
Williams Tree Farm


More than 90 programs and presentations were provided to over 2,200 area school children teaching them about proper environmental stewardship; making them the leaders of tomorrow with programs that meet the State of Illinois Standards for Education.

Greenlee-Textron Concentric AB
BYGONES Farm Members Alliance Credit Union
Woodward Kiwanis Charities of Rockford
Dupot Industrial Biosciences J.L. Clark Co. / CLARCOR Foundation


Over 221,000 pounds of scrap metal was collected last year during the spring and fall Metals Drives bringing our total to well almost 1.5 Million pounds of metals recycled. Over 570 volunteer hours were donated to sort washers and dryers for recycling. Almost 50 refrigerators and freezers and hundreds of computer monitors were recycled.

Al Grace Appliance Behr Iron & Metal
Gray’s IGA Markets Countryside Meats & Deli
Great Harvest Bread Ringland-Johnson Construction Co
Riverside Community Bank JC’s 5 Star Outlet
Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department Woodman’s Market
WTVO Channel 17/Fox 39 Port – A – John of Roscoe
Concentric AB


During 2011, over 293,000 pounds of clothing and soft goods were collected and redistributed to needy families. Since the beginning of this program, we have diverted over 3 million pounds of clothing to reuse. This is another all volunteer driven program.

Coca-Cola of Rockford Hilander Stores
Chem Processing Greenlee Textron
Mid-City Office Products WTVO Channel 17/Fox 39
Two Men & A Truck


Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful now operates two non-profit, volunteer staffed recycling centers, located in Roscoe and in south Rockford.  Both locations are open every Saturday morning from 9am to Noon. More than 22 tons of recyclables are diverted every month from local landfills. These centers provide a vital recycling service to those without curbside pickup such as county residents and people living in condos and apartments.

American Aluminum Extrusion           Greenlee, A Textron Company                   Rock Disposal


Our 2014 cleanup projects involved 5,416hours of volunteer time given by over 1,350 local volunteers taking pride in their community by cleaning up and beautifying their neighborhoods. This program makes Northern Illinois a clean, healthy and beautiful place to raise a happy family.  Together they cleaned up over 338 miles of roads and streets throughout Winnebago County!

Winnebago County SwedishAmerican Medical Foundation
Glad RK Dixon
Pepsi Cola Winnebago County Highway Dept.
Scott’s Miracle-Gro Co. General Mills
Troy-Bilt Rock Valley Culligan
Winnebago County Sheriff City of Rockford
Lowe’s Home Improvement Center McDonald’s Restaurants
Johnny PamCakes Restaurant Don Carter Lanes
WTVO Channel 17/Fox 39 Starbucks Coffee
Burger King


This unique program was conducted on June 14, 2008 for the first time in Northern Illinois. With the cooperation of many community organizations, Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful was able to organize a first-of-its-kind program in this area to collect unused and unwanted medications from throughout the community and dispose of them properly and safely.

OSF/St. Anthony Medical Center Department of Pharmacy Rockford Health System
Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department
Winnebago County Health Department Greenlee  Textron
SwedishAmerican Health System WTVO Channel 17/Fox 39
Rock River Water Reclamation Ringland-Johnson Construction
Port-A-John ECOLAB
Constellation Energy Anderson Packaging
Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant Illinois American Water
City of South Beloit North Park Public Water
DiTullio’s Italian Market Jimmy John’s
Mary’s Market Subway
JC’s 5-Star Outlet Anonymous


This program is designed to recognize the contributions made by many different sections of our Stateline community.  Annually we recognize the Outstanding Corporate Friend of the Environment, the Outstanding Individual Friend of the Environment and the Hutchcroft Environmental Youth Award.  Guest speakers for this event are people who are widely recognized for the contributions to society and the Environment.  The 2014 Guest Speaker was Daryl Hannah, star of stage and screen,  and noted environmentalist.

Hamilton Sundstrand Specialty Screw Corporation
Behr Iron & Metal Aqua Aerobic Systems
Anderson Gardens / John & Linda Anderson Balsley Printing
Woodan Photography & Art Studio WTVO Channel 17/Fox 39
Fairfield Inn & Suites Market Baskets To Go
Barnes & Noble Booksellers ECOLAB
Candy Bouquet North Pointe Health & Wellness
Giovanni’s Event Floral
Cumulus Broadcasting Rockford Area Realtors
National Association of Realtors Green Resource Council
Last Update: 05/21/2013