Recycle Centers

Below Find a List of Items Accepted/Not Accepted at

Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful Recycling Locations

 Rockford Recycle Center

4665 Hydraulic Road, Rockford

Volunteer at Rockford via

East of South Alpine Road between Harrison Avenue and Sandy Hollow Road
Open 2pm—5pm Tuesdays; 9am—Noon Saturdays

Roscoe Recycle Center

13125 North Second St., Roscoe

Volunteer at Roscoe via

IL 251 to McCurry Road, then 1/2 mile north on east frontage road
Open 9 a.m.Noon Saturdays only


This is an all-volunteer project. You can make a difference!
Your help for two hours or more would be appreciated.

To participate in keeping Northern Illinois beautiful and safe,

call the Volunteer Coordinator at 815-637-1343 

or sign up online via SignUp.Com (Roscoe location only):  

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Items Accepted/Not Accepted at Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful Recycle Centers

Note:  Recycle Centers are open year-round, except during a weather emergency or if the windchill is below Zero.

Material Accepted Not Accepted
Glass Clean food and beverage containers without lids Not accepting items that are not clean; broken glass; light bulbs; drinking glasses; mirrors; cookware; vases; tableware.
Aluminum/Tin/Steel Food Containers Clean human or pet food cans, foil sheets or containers (separated from large metals). Not accepting items that are not clean; not used for food; aerosols; used for oil, paint or petroleum products, etc.
Plastic Bottles Clean bottles, without lids, coded #1 or #2, which must have “necks and shoulders.” Not accepting items that are not clean; lids; automotive or petroleum-based fluid containers; pails; buckets; items coded #3, #4, #5, #6, #7 or not coded.
(prefer in paper bags)
Newspapers; magazines; mail; computer paper; phone books; paper bags; chipboard (cereal/cracker/shoe boxes); 12-count egg cartons; soft-covered books; wire-ring notebooks; book pages without covers. Not accepting items that are not clean; wax-coated or foil-coated paper; hard-covered books; gift wrap; paper beverage containers; pizza boxes, including you-cook or frozen pizza; photographs; tissue; or wet paper.
Corrugated Cardboard Boxes, flattened, other packaging removed. Not accepting pizza boxes, including you-cook or frozen pizza; items that are not clean; Styrofoam; wet cardboard.
Electronics; Electrical Cords; Holiday Lights Computer processing units (CPUs); hard drives; laptops; electronic games; keyboards; printers; scanners; tablets; readers; fax machines; phones; cell phones; lamps; curling irons; counter-top grills; toaster ovens; power cords; surge protectors; more. Not accepting TVs; CRT computer or flat-screen monitors.

Not accepting Smoke Detectors or Carbon Monoxide Detectors 

Metals/Appliances Scrap metal; gutters; appliances; microwaves; washers; dryers; stoves; fencing; copper tubing; tools; lawn mowers with oil and gas drained; motors; water heaters; more.

The following FREON appliances accepted ONLY at Rockford

$20 cash fee per item,

you unload:

  • Refrigerators
  • Freezers
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Air Conditioners
Not accepting hazardous waste; paint cans; aerosol cans; propane tanks; fire extinguishers; household batteries.
Clothing, Linens, Shoes, Purses, more — in plastic bags Clean items in plastic bags, wearable or not, including shoes, belts, hats, bedding, stuffed toys, curtains, throw rugs, purses, soft-sided luggage. Not accepting plastic hangers.

(Metal hangers should be removed before dropping off clothing and may be recycled separately with metals.)

Please do not drop off clothing in boxes.

Not accepting carpet or padding.

Miscellaneous 12-count Egg Cartons.

Batteries — 12-volt automotive or marine only.

Plastic 6-Pack Rings

Not accepting 6- or 18-count egg cartons unless paper/chipboard.

Not accepting household or commercial batteries.

Not accepting printer ink or toner cartridges.