You may have noticed some new, larger recycling bins being distributed in the Rockford area. This is part of the new “Commingled Recycling Program” instituted by Rock River Disposal. In a partnership between the City of Rockford and Rock River Disposal, the containers are included in the garbage collection contract awarded to Rock River Disposal by the city council in late 2013. The containers are being provided to residents at no extra cost. The blue, 32-gallon containers will nearly double the volume of the current 18-gallon bin to help facilitate recycling, thus reducing unnecessary material deposited into the landfill. Existing recycling bins are not scheduled for pickup and may be utilized by residents.
The distribution is being handled on a lottery system, based on the pickup dates in each area of the city. It is estimated that the process will take between six to eight weeks. The website www.rockriverdisposal.com gives more details.
Appropriate materials for recycling include the following: Paper — newspaper, junk mail, envelopes; magazines; catalogs, paper bags; telephone books. Plastics 1 and 2 — PET (plastic bottles); HDPE (plastic jugs, cartons); look for triangle with 1 or 2. Plastics 3-7 — Plastic cups, food packaging; Styrofoam cups, containers; look for triangle with 3 thru 7. Boxes — cardboard without packing materials; chipboard. Aluminum — aluminum, steel, tin cans; aerosol cans (must be empty); foil and foil baking pans. Glass – food jars, beverage bottles. Electronic — cell phones, telephones, small electronics (items must be smaller than 2 feet by 2 feet); laptops; calculators.
Non-recyclable items include: TVs and monitors; plastic grocery bags; household trash; paper towels, napkins, facial tissues; diapers; hazardous waste containers; construction waste; appliances; landscaping, yard clippings, trimmings; vehicle parts.
If you have any questions, please contact Rock River Disposal at (815) 965-2489 or visit the website at www.rockriverdisposal.com. Recycling receptacles must be out for collection by 6 a.m. the day of service.
After repeated phone calls, John Lichty, CEO of Rock River Environmental Services, did not call us back.
From the April 23-29, 2014 issue