LOVES PARK, Ill. — Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful (KNIB) has added a new drop-off location to its Christmas Tree Recycling Program, which runs Jan. 1-15, 2012.
The following drop-off sites are unmanned and open 24 hours a day:
• Don Schmid Youth Sports Center/Riverdahl Park, Rockford
• Blackhawk Park/100 — 15th Ave., Rockford
• Levings Lake/East entrance off Johnston Avenue, Rockford
• Andrews Park, 800 N. Central Ave., Rockford
• Gambino Park/Pepper Drive off North Alpine Road, Rockford
• Alpine Park, 900 S. Alpine Road, Rockford
• Martin Park/Park Ridge Road off Riverside Boulevard, Loves Park
• Machesney Park Village Hall/300 Machesney Road, Machesney Park
• Baumann Park, behind South Walnut maintenance building, Cherry Valley
• Williams Tree Farm, 4661 Yale Bridge Road, north Winnebago County
• Rockton Boat Ramp Parking Lot, off Hononegah Road, Rockton
• Valley View Farms, 6440 Belvidere Road, Roscoe
• Pecatonica Wetlands Forest Preserve, 4550 N. Pecatonica Road, Pecatonica
No tree recycling will be offered at the Westlake Village location.
Residents are reminded to wrap their trees in reusable bed sheets instead of disposable tree bags. Trees must be completely bare with no tree stand.
KNIB Executive Director Lori Gummow said: “We ask that everything be removed from the tree. They are put through large chippers that could be damaged by forgotten ornaments or lights. Crew members may also be harmed by foreign objects in the equipment. This is why we cannot accept pine wreaths with metal frames. Flocked trees are also not accepted, as the white flocking material is not biodegradable.”
Mulch is created as the trees are chipped and is available at no charge to area residents for use in their landscaping; it is a durable ground cover that reduces weeds and retains moisture. Acid-loving plants benefit from the nutrients in the mulch.
“The pine mulch is available on a first come, first served basis,” Gummow said. “Residents need to bring their own shovel and containers. In 23 years, the Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful’s Christmas Tree Recycling Program has created 1 million pounds of pine mulch from over one-half million trees.”
For more details, visit www.knib.org or call (815) 637-1343.
From the Dec. 28, 2011-Jan. 3, 2012, issue