Landscape waste, grass trimmings, tree limbs, etc., is banned from landfills by Illinois Law and must be recycled through a composting facility.

Discarded vegitation is not accepted at Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful Recycle Centers.

Compost is plant matter that has been decomposed and will be recycled as a fertilizer.  Garden waste such as vines, decayed vegetables and fruit can be composted as well as fruit and vegetable scraps.  Meat, fish, poultry scraps and bones should NOT be be composted.

Illinois Extension Service:  Home composting 

Composting in Northern Illinois

Rock River Valley Compost

6200 Baxter Road (corner of Mulford), Cherry Valley
Usually open early April through early December,
excluding major holidays. 

Rockford Compost

1800 South Meridian Rd.
Rockford, IL  61102
Mon-Fri 7am to 4:30pm;   Sat: 7am to Noon

Leaflan in Beloit no longer accepts yard waste.