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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:  Sat. Nov. 25, Tues. Dec. 26


4665 Hydraulic Road, Rockford IL 61109

Tuesdays: 2-5 pm

Saturdays:  9am-12pm

Rockford is the only KNIB location accepting TVs, computer monitors; you unload. No fee. Donations encouraged.

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 (drop-offs for recycling during operating hours) 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

Refrigerators, Freezers, Air Conditioners, water coolers or Dehumidifiers are $20 cash per item to certify removal of Freon. Freon items only accepted at Rockford Recycle Center.

Information:  815-637-1343 or

November 18, 2017

Fall Membership Fundraiser Events

8:30-9:30 a.m. Brunch, Saturday, Nov. 18

IBEW 364 Banquet Hall, 6820 Mill Road, Rockford

RSVP (Nov. 14). No charge; membership donations encouraged.

November 14, 2017

America Recycles Day

2-5pm Tues Nov 14

Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful Rockford Recycle Center

4665 Hydraulic Road, Rockford IL 61109  

Examples of what’s accepted

Questions?:  815-637-1343 or

November 23-27, 2017

KNIB Office Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

November 25, 2017

Recycle Centers Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

Rockford re-opens 2-5pm Tues Nov 28

December 23, 2017 – January 1, 2018

KNIB Office Closed for Christmas & New Year’s Holidays


January 1-15,  — Christmas Tree Recycling

Avoid unnecessary landfill waste.

Drop off natural trees without ornaments, decorations, plastic bags for chipping.

Sites throughout Winnebago County and Belvidere listed here.

Return to obtain free pine mulch, which will be removed by the end of February. Availability is not guaranteed.

Free; unload trees and load mulch on your own; sites are not staffed. No shovels or receptacles provided.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Earth Day Awards Luncheon


Speaker TBA

Featuring a nationally-recognized environmental speaker

Sponsors, please contact Ann Marie Santora, Director of Development

Information:  815-637-1343 or

April 22, 2018 — Earth Day! 

Learn more about founder here

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Great American Cleanup™ 

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

Saturday, May 12

Spring Clothing Drive

9 a.m. – Noon, multiple locations TBA

Program information here

Memorial Day Week 2018

Cell Phones for Soldiers

Cell phones donated at Recycle Centers this week 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.


June 12, 16, 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 date by Boy Scouts of America, Blackhawk Council.

How to retire flags at other sites/times.


Monday, June 18, 2018

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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