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MPORTANT! Cell Phone for Soldiers is now! KNIB will take in your old cell phones or tablets to help the soldiers. All items donated get sent to Cellphones for Soldiers who recycles them and then donates prepaid international calling cards to the soldiers so they can call home. We take them all. The cords and batteries are not needed but you can donate those separately. We are open Saturday the 23rd as well as 26th & the 30th. Hope to see you soon!Note: If you can not factory reset your device, Cellphones for Soldiers' recycling partner follows the Dept. of Defense standards for wiping all devices. Please do not send any instruction manuals.
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Posted on May 22, 2020

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MPORTANT! Cell Phone for Soldiers is now! KNIB will take in your old cell phones or tablets to help the soldiers. All items donated get sent to Cellphones for Soldiers who recycles them and then donates prepaid international calling cards to the soldiers so they can call home. We take them all. The cords and batteries are not needed but you can donate those separately. We are open Saturday the 23rd as well as 26th & the 30th. Hope to see you soon!

Note: If you can not factory reset your device, Cellphones for Soldiers' recycling partner follows the Dept. of Defense standards for wiping all devices. Please do not send any instruction manuals.

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May 13, 2020

Calling all volunteers! We need help this coming Saturday, May 16th. We have so many people at home cleaning and are making sure they recycle properly. The response has been HUGE. We've opened up volunteer sign up for two more spots this Saturday. Please sign up if you can help! Also, note sign up times!

May 13, 2020

Happy Monday Everyone! We hope you had a great weekend! On Saturday, we had our Spring Clothing Drive at our facility on Hydraulic Road. We had no idea the turnout would be that phenomenal! It was unprecedented! Normally we have 4 locations, but with covid, we were limited to just one. We would like to thank ALL of the people who patiently waited in line to drop off their clothing or other recyclables. You were so understanding! We definitely want to apologize to all those who got turned away. BUT, the good news is that you can come on any Tuesday from 2 pm - 5 pm or Saturday morning from 9 am - noon to drop off your clothing or the other items that we do take. A special shout out to Andy Gannon from 23 News who was in line and decided to pull over to volunteer, the Rockford Police Department who so graciously offered assistance when our lines got too big, and, as always, to our volunteers, who without them, none of this would be possible! We are grateful to you all! Thank you for making this Clothing Drive a massive success! Keep cleaning out those closets!

May 11, 2020

May 8, 2020

The Spring Clothing Drive is May 9!Clothing and soft goods, regardless of condition, do not need to be discarded in the garbage/landfill!On May 9 from 9 am - noon at our recycle center at 4665 Hydraulic Road in Rockford, we will take clean items - even stained or damaged because they can be recycled into things like insulation & carpet padding. Wearable clothing can be redistributed.Receipts to be used to document tax deductions should be available at the time of donation. IRS donation regulations apply.Please note: this is a regular drop off day so other items will be accepted such as electronics, metals, cardboard, books, etc.Acceptable items should be clean, but MAY have rips, tears, stains or broken parts.Men’s, women’s, or children’s clothing and outerwearShoes, bootsBelts, leather accessoriesLinensPurses, briefcases, backpacksStuffed (plush) toysFabricYarnPillowsThrow rugs (*no carpet or padding)Soft-sided luggageWe look forward to seeing you!

April 30, 2020

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April 27, 2020

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April 24, 2020

Our friends Tim & Sandy picking up trash on Earth Day. Thank you! 🤩👍🤩

April 24, 2020

The first Earth Day brought 20 million Americans out into the spring sunshine for peaceful demonstrations in favor of environmental reform. Because of this, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts were created.

April 22, 2020

Earth Day is 50 years old - April 22, 2020Be a part of something BIG! There are many ways to help our planet. And, remember to send us a couple of pics for us to post.

April 21, 2020

Remember June 20 is the new date for Great American Cleanup, but you can send or post pictures of you or your family beautifying America now!

April 19, 2020

Hello -In these trying times such as we have never seen before, my heart goes out to you and your family. I know you are doing everything you can to keep them safe and healthy. I think it is extremely important that we keep a positive attitude about the future as we move forward. On behalf of Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful, I would like to personally thank you for your continued support. It is only because of the generosity of concerned citizens like yourself that allow us to continue our work. For 32 years, we have strived to do our part to protect the community and its environment and we will continue to do so. There is strength in numbers. Together the possibilities are endless for a stronger community and a cleaner environment for everyone. Below are just a few examples of how we impact the environment. Thousands of pounds of plastics, glass, cardboard and metals are kept out of the landfill and recycled by collecting them twice a week. Over 80,000 pounds of clothes were used or recycled into other useful items. We collect clothes twice a week when we are open and have 2 special clothing drives each year. The next clothing drive is May 9, 2020. 1500 pounds of unused medications were kept out of the water. The Medication Collection is coming up on June 13, 2020. Even though other places are beginning to take unused medication, we are still a valuable resource to keep unused medication out of our water system. Great American Cleanup is still set for April 25th. Things change fast, so we will keep everyone updated on Facebook and our website. Last year we had over 2000 volunteers that cleaned Winnebago County after a long cold, icy winter. Everyone will be ready to get out in the fresh air by the end of April. That’s for sure. Go to the web sit to register. Thousands of live phone calls are answered to help people in the community dispose of items properly. This includes hazardous waste.This year is the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day. The Earth cannot say thanks, but we can! We hold an Earth Day Awards Banquet every year. This year it was schedule to be held on April 9, 2020. We postponed it until July 9, 2020. This will be a special Awards Banquet to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth day. Even though it is postponed, its never too early to purchase a seat or a table. It fills up fast. Go to the website or Facebook to register. If you received an invitation for April 9th, you can send the remittance card from that.As a proud member of Keep America Beautiful and the Earth Day Network, we are reaching out to you because you’ve already demonstrated your compassion for the environment, education of our children, and recycling. With your support, we can impact our community in a lasting way. Please join us by making your gift online at www.knib.org.Thank you for your continued support,Pamela OsborneExecutive Director4665 Hydraulic Rd., Rockford, IL 61109Phone: 815-637-1343 | Fax: 815-637-0525 | www.knib.org

April 17, 2020

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April 16, 2020

Great American Cleanup

Great American Cleanup

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