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LOVES PARK, Ill. — On Flag Day, Saturday, June 14, Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful (KNIB) will accept flags to be retired at both recycle centers, 13125 N. Second St., Roscoe, Ill., and 4665 Hydraulic Road, Rockford. The KNIB recycle centers are open 9 a.m. to noon, Saturdays, throughout the year.
“All flags brought to either of our recycle centers on Flag Day will be treated with respect and turned over to the local Boy Scouts for their annual retirement ceremony,” KNIB Executive Director Lori Gummow said.
The United States Flag Code states, “The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem of display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.”
This event is one of several special collections planned this summer at the two KNIB recycle centers. Through June 15, the organization collects used crayons that would otherwise be discarded and uses them to create new, shaped crayons to distribute as part of its early education program. In 2013, hundreds of pounds of crayons were distributed in Rockford Public School District 205 and other local schools, including early childhood education programs.
July 5, all cell phones dropped off for recycling will be donated to Cell Phones for Soldiers, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing cost-free communication services to active-duty military members and veterans. Watch for other special re-use and recycling collection notifications, or contact KNIB to be added to the electronic news e-mail list.
For 26 years, KNIB has been actively protecting the beauty of the stateline by promoting reduction, reuse and recycling of resources. For additional information, to volunteer, or for answers to environmental disposal questions, visit www.knib.org, www.facebook.com/keepnorthernillinoisbeautiful or call (815) 637-1343.
Posted June 11, 2014