Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful holds Fall Clothing Drive

Staff Report

Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful will be holding its Fall Clothing Drive from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday.

The drive will be held at nine locations including all eight Schnucks in Winnebago County and a site in Boone County.

The Rockford Schnucks Market locations are 2642 Charles Street, 6410 East State Street, 2601 North Mulford Road (Brynwood), 3150 North Rockton Avenue, 3134 South 11th Street; the Cherry Valley Schnucks is located at 2206 Barnes Boulevard (CherryVale Mall); the Loves Park Schnucks is located at 1810 Harlem Road (at North Alpine); the Roscoe Schnucks is located at 4860 Hononegah Road (intersection IL 251) and the Belvidere Township Building at 8200 Fairgrounds Road will be the Belvidere drop point.

According to the industry, as much as 85 percent of unwanted textiles in the U.S. wind up in landfills. Over 15 years, Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful clothing drives have prevented more than 3.6 million pounds of reusable items from being thrown away. An average of 40 pounds per participating household is donated. Items are transferred to a sorting facility and then redistributed in the United States and developing countries, or repurposed into such products as fiberfill, carpet padding and polishing cloths. Clothing should be dropped off in bags; it should be clean, but may have stains, holes or wear (unwearable). Accepted items: children’s, men’s and women’s clothing, shoes, purses, hats, stuffed toys, linens, curtains, throw rugs, fabric, cushions and soft-sided luggage.

Clothing is also accepted from 9 a.m. to noon every Saturday at both Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful Recycle Centers: 4665 Hydraulic Road, Rockford and 13125 N. 2nd Street, Roscoe and Tuesdays 2-5 p.m. in Rockford.

Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful is a volunteer-driven, nonprofit environmental education organization founded in 1988. Its mission is to improve our Stateline environment through education, public awareness and community involvement. Visit knib.org for a “Green Guide” detailing how various items can be recycled.

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