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Recycle Centers

Open year-round as scheduled unless the actual temperature OR wind-chill is Zero or below, or other weather emergency, or holidays.

Note 2017 Holiday Closures: Sept. 2, Nov. 25, Dec. 26


4665 Hydraulic Road, Rockford IL 61109

Tuesdays: 2-5 pm

Saturdays:  9am-12pm

Rockford is the only KNIB location accepting up to 2 TVs, computer monitors per vehicle. Free.

Rockford is the only KNIB site accepting Freon Appliances, $20 cash per item; you unload, including Refrigerators, Freezers, Air Conditioners, Dehumidifiers

More examples of what’s accepted (donations for recycling) at both Rockford and Roscoe locations:

Clothing, metals, most electronics dry and clean paper, cardboard, (no pizza boxes), plastic bottles coded #1 or #2 with neck-and-shoulders, glass bottles (no vases, no broken glass), aluminum/metal food cans, plastic 6-pack rings, 12-count egg cartons, marine/automotive (12-volt) batteries.


13125 North 2nd Street, Roscoe IL 61073

Saturdays only:  9am-12pm

Sorry, the Roscoe location cannot accept Freon appliances, TVs or Computer Monitors.

Information or to Register to Volunteer:  815-637-1343 or


Saturday July 15, 2017

E-Waste & Metals Drive

9am-Noon at 3 locations

  • Rockford Recycle Center, 4665 Hydraulic Rd., Rockford IL 61109
  • Roscoe Recycle Center, 13125 N 2nd St, Roscoe, IL 61073 (east frontage road north of McCurry Road & IL251)
  • Behr Iron & Metal, 1100 Seminary St., Rockford IL 61104

Donate anything metal including electronics; except

TVs, computer monitors collected only at Rockford Recycle Center.

Free except for appliances that use Freon, collected only at Rockford Recycle Center.

Refrigerators, Freezers, Air Conditioners or Dehumidifiers are $20 cash per item to certify removal.

Freon items only accepted at Rockford Recycle Center.

Information:  815-637-1343 or

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Shred-It Day

Rockford Recycle Center

4665 Hydraulic Road, Rockford, 61109

Sponsored by IL Rep Litesa Wallace and AT&T.


Saturday September 16, 2017 

Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful Medication Collection

Locations and Times TBA

Drop-off unwanted and/or expired medications, prescription or over-the-counter. No sharps accepted.


Information:  815-637-1343 or

October 14, 2017

Fall Clothing Drive

Locations To Be Announced

Donate clean, bagged clothing, shoes, purses, curtains, bedding, etc.


November 11 & 14, 2017

America Recycles Day

9am-12pm Sat. Nov. 11

2-5pm Tues Nov 14

Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful Rockford Recycle Center

4665 Hydraulic Road, Rockford IL 61109  

 Examples of what’s accepted

Information:  815-637-1343 or

April 22, 2018 — Earth Day!

Great American Cleanup™ 2018 date TBA

8-9am Equipment pickup for pre-registered group leaders at assigned locations

8-9:30 am Same-day registration at Patriots’ Gateway Community Center, 615 S. 5th Street, Rockford, IL 61104


Litter pickup throughout Boone and Winnebago Counties, Illinois


Information:  815-637-1343 or

2018 Earth Day Awards Luncheon

Date, Location, Program TBA

Featuring a nationally-recognized environmental speaker

Sponsors, please contact Ann Marie Santora, Director of Development

Information:  815-637-1343 or

Memorial Day Week 2018

Cell Phones for Soldiers

Cell phones donated at Recycle Centers this month will be donated to the nonprofit providing courtesy calling cards to veterans and military members deployed away from home.

May-June 2018

Crayon Collection

Recycle Centers will accept donations of broken or unneeded crayons for recycling to education programs.


Dates TBA June 2018

Flags for Retirement

Honoring Flag Day (June 14), flags for retirement will be collected at the Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful Recycle Centers on these dates only.

Retirement ceremony performed at a later day by Boy Scouts of America, Blackhawk Council.

How to retire flags at other sites/times.


Monday, June ??, 2018  TBA

Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful Golf Play Day

11:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Round of golf on private course, cart, lunch and dinner, putting contest included.

Advance Reservation Required

Mauh-Nah-Tee-See Club, 5151 Guilford Rd, Rockford, IL

Information:  815-637-1343 or

For sponsorship information, please call 815-637-1343


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