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Since 1988, we have annually diverted more than 25,000 used fresh-cut Christmas Trees from our local landfills. The trees are chipped into valuable pine mulch, made available free for home landscaping, returning nutrients to the earth.

City of Loves Park City of Rockford
23 WIFR Gray Television, Inc., Comcast Harlem Township
Lincoln Rent-All Mid-West Family Broadcasting
The Rock River Times Rockford Park District
Trans Environmental Ltd. Valley View Farms
Village of Cherry Valley Village of Machesney Park
Village of Rockton Village of Roscoe
Williams Tree Farm  Winnebago County Forest Preserve


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


More than 181,000 pounds of scrap metal was collected during 2014 Metals Drives; more than 1.5 Million pounds has been recycled since the first such drive in . 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.

23 WIFR Gray Television Inc. Behr Iron & Metal
By the Dozen Bakery Coca-Cola of Rockford
Jimmy John’s Mary’s Market
Mid-West Family Broadcasting Port-A-John of Roscoe
Ringland-Johnson Construction Co The Rock River Times
Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department


More than 70 pounds of clothing and soft goods were collected and redistributed or remanufactured into recycled fiberfill materials in 2015 as a result of the Spring, Summer and Fall Clothing Drives, pickup of rummage from church sales, and drop-offs at Rockford and Roscoe Recycle Centers. Since the launch of this program in 1999, more than 3.6 million pounds of clothing has been diverted to reuse.

23 WIFR, Gray Television Inc. Advanced Waste Services
Belvidere Township Coca-Cola of Rockford
Debbie Carlson Realty Greenlee, A Textron Company
Mid-City Office Products Mid-West Family Broadcasting
The Rock River Times Rogers Brothers Galvanizing
Schnucks Markets, Inc.

ServPro of Rockford

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Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful now operates two volunteer-staffed centers for recycling household items from clothing to food and beverage cans to corrugated cardboard. The newest (since 2013) location is at 4665 Hydraulic Road, Rockford off South Alpine; the center in Roscoe at 13125 North 2nd Street (east of IL 251 and north of McCurry Road) is the permanent home of an effort .  Rockford is open Tuesday afternoons 2-5 p.m.; 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.


Greenlee, A Textron Company                                                                MembersAlliance Credit Union

Rockford Green Team (UTC Aerospace Systems employees)          Specialty Screw Corp.

and funding from Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Illinois Recycling Grants Program.


Spring 2015 cleanup projects involved 5,416 hours of volunteer time given by more than 1,330 local volunteers taking pride in their community while cleaning up and beautifying their neighborhoods. Together they cleaned up over 330 miles of roads and streets throughout Winnebago and Boone Counties.

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
23 WIFR Gray Television, Inc. Starbucks Coffee
Burger King  The Rock River Times



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, A Textron Company
SwedishAmerican Health System 23 WIFR Gray Television
Rock River Water Reclamation Ringland-Johnson Construction
Port-A-John of Roscoe The Rock River Times
Mid-West Family Broadcasting
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



Annually recognizing the contributions made by many different sections of our Stateline community, Earth Day Awards may celebrate the community service of a business, individual or youth. Keynote speakers are widely recognized for their contributions to society and the environment. In April 2015 author Richard Louv, journalist and author of eight books, spoke about his key subjects:  Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder and The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age. The 2014 event featured an interview format with noted environmental activist and Chicago native Daryl Hannah — producer, writer, actor.

23 WIFR Gray Television, Inc. A+ Printing
Anderson Gardens / John & Linda Anderson Balsley Printing
Behr Iron & Metal Event Floral
Giovanni’s Restaurant & Convention Center Mid-West Family Broadcasting
The Rock River Times Rockford Register Star
Last Update: 11/2/2015