Rockford Recycle Center hosts open house Nov. 15

Staff Report

Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful (KNIB) will celebrate “America Recycles Day” with an open house from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Nov. 15, at the Rockford Recycle Center, 4665 Hydraulic Road, Rockford. Aluminum, plastic, glass, textiles, metals and electronic items are accepted as donations from 3 to 6 p.m. every Tuesday and from 9 a.m. to noon every Saturday at the Rockford Recycle Center.

We’re looking forward to educating our neighbors about recycling everyday items,” said Executive Director Lori Gummow. “We will also be demonstrating how we use equipment acquired with a grant from DCEO to sort and bale some recyclable materials.”

Funds awarded by the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity Illinois Recycling Grants Program are being used for equipment and site improvements at the KNIB facility.

At the Nov. 15 family-friendly event, the public is invited to see how recyclables are managed at the site. Attendees will learn more about environmental responsibility, recycling options at home and in the community, and what is accepted at the KNIB Recycle Center. Visit for a “Green Guide” of which items can be recycled.

KNIB volunteers also operate the Roscoe Recycle Center from 9 a.m. to noon every Saturday, at 13125 N. Second St., on the east access road half-mile north of McCurry Road.

Volunteers there serve an average of 105 cars weekly. The environmental organization has been operating a site in either Roscoe or Rockton for more than 24 years.

A Keep America Beautiful affiliate, KNIB is a volunteer-driven, nonprofit environmental education organization serving the stateline since 1988. Its mission is to improve the environment through education, public awareness and community involvement. Prospective volunteers are welcome to contact Martha Byrnes at (815) 637-1343 or

Posted Nov. 12, 2014

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