Rockford, Roscoe recycle centers open Nov. 29, collecting holiday lights

Staff Report

Both Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful (KNIB) recycle centers will be open 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Nov. 29, during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, for free drop-off of recyclable materials. Both locations accept holiday light strings, including mini lights, rope and LED lights, as well as extension cords. All colors of lights and lengths of cords will be accepted, as well as plastic and glass bottles, aluminum cans, paper products, corrugated cardboard, metals, electronics and clothing.

The Rockford Recycle Center is at 4665 Hydraulic Road, off South Alpine; the Recycle Center in Roscoe is at 13125 N. Second St. Volunteers help unload items from vehicles. Potential volunteers ages 14 and older may register with KNIB at (815) 637-1343 or on VolunteerSpot. More information at

Both the recycle centers accept free drop-offs of clean items, including:

The following four items may be co-mingled:

1. Glass containers: Food and beverage jars and bottles without lids.

2. Plastic containers: Bottles coded No. 1 and No. 2 with “necks and shoulders”; no lids.

3. Metal cans: Food containers only.

4. Aluminum: Cans and scrap (foil, pie tins, etc.).

• Metals and electronics: Anything containing metal or having a cord or operating on a battery, including stoves, cell phones, radios, vacuums, snow blowers, automotive/marine batteries and more.

• Except no TVs, computer monitors, household batteries, appliances with Freon or propane tanks.

• Clothing — in bags: Wearable or not, including paired shoes, hats, belts, linens, throw rugs, stuffed toys and soft-sided luggage.

• Corrugated cardboard, flattened: Except no pizza boxes.

• Paper, preferably in paper bags: Newspapers, direct mail, computer paper, chipboard (e.g., cereal boxes, paper towel tubes), wire-ring notebooks, phone books, paperbacks and magazines.

For more information, visit, email or call (815) 637-1343.

From the Nov. 26-Dec. 2, 2014

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