Rockford residents are not required to recycle, however, the City encourages all residents to take advantage of the program. Each household is furnished with a recycling bin. Aluminum and tin cans, glass jars and bottles, aerosol cans, coded plastics #1 – #7, and 6 and 12 pack rings will be accepted. All containers should be rinsed, caps removed, and placed loosely in a bin. If you have excess recyclables, they may be placed in a paper bag and set next to the bin.
Newspapers should be placed in a paper bag and set on top of the bin. Paper, magazines, and phone books should be placed in a paper bag and set next to the bin. Cardboard and paperboard must be flattened and bundled with string or twine, not wire. The bundles should be no larger than two feet by two feet. These also should be set next to the recycling bin. Recyclables will be collected on your regular garbage day. This service is provided by Rock River Disposal (815-282-0200 or 815-965-2489).
Residents of condos, apartments, etc. where recycling is not provided should take advantage of the Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful Recycling Center, located at 13125 North Second St., Roscoe. Click here for more information.
Recycling Drop Off Facilities for Household Hazardous Waste - Rockford residents can dispose of household hazardous waste at the Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Site at 3333 Kishwaukee St., Saturdays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays 12 p.m. (noon) to 4 p.m., excluding holidays. Aerosols, corrosives, oxidizers, solvents, oil-based and latex paints, waste oils, pesticides, batteries, fluorescent lamps, batteries, used & old tires, and insulin disposal service will be accepted. Radioactive waste, compressed gas, and explosives will not be accepted. The facility is available to all residents of Illinois, regardless of place of residence.
Hazardous Waste Site Site is closed these holiday weekends: New Years, Easter, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas.