Free pine mulch at 13 tree recycling sites

January 22, 2014
Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful Executive Director Lori Gummow (left) and Courtney Oertel shovel mulch from chipped Christmas trees. (Photo provided)

Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful Executive Director Lori Gummow (left) and Courtney Oertel shovel mulch from chipped Christmas trees. (Photo provided)

Staff Report

Free pine mulch is available, while supplies last, at 13 sites in Winnebago County.

Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful (KNIB) annually arranges for real Christmas trees to be chipped at sites in Cherry Valley, Loves Park, Machesney Park, Roscoe, Rockton, Rockford and Pecatonica. The tree drop-off ended Jan. 15.

Mulch availability is not guaranteed, and will be gone by March. Bring containers and shovels to retrieve the mulch. Sites are not staffed.

For more about this and other programs of the environmental non-profit, or to express interest in volunteering, e-mail info@knib.org, “like” KeepNorthernIllinoisBeautiful on Facebook, visit www.knib.org or call (815) 637-1343.

Following are locations where the free mulch is available:

Cherry Valley: Baumann Park, entrance on South Walnut.

Loves Park: Martin Park, lot on Park Ridge Road off Riverside Boulevard.

Machesney Park: Behind Village Hall, 300 Machesney Road.

Rockford: Alpine Park, 900 S. Alpine Road; Andrews Park, 800 N. Central Ave.; Blackhawk Park, 100 — 15th Ave.; Don Schmid Youth Sports Center, Riverdahl Park off Sandy Hollow; Gambino Park, 4400 block of Pepper Drive west of North Alpine Road; Levings Lake, entrance off Johnston Avenue.

Rockton: Boat ramp parking lot off Hononegah Road;  Williams Tree Farm, 4661 Yale Bridge Road.

Roscoe: Valley View Farms, 6440 Belvidere Road.

Pecatonica: Pecatonica Wetlands Forest Preserve, near picnic area, 4550 N. Pecatonica Road.

From the Jan. 22-28, 2014, issue

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