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Serving the Northern Illinois Stateline since 1988, we provide environmental education to youth and adults and organize events to promote waste reduction, recycling, litter prevention and beautification.



Recycle Center 4665 Hydraulic Rd, Rockford

Recycle Center 13125 N Second St, Roscoe

Office: 5417 N 2nd St, Loves Park (no drop-offs) M-F

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Urgent Need: We are working on opening a 2nd location in Machesney Park and we need a fork lift, a pallet scale and a pallet jack. If you know of someone who can help with that, please call us. Thank you!

Thursday, May 28, 2020

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.

Friday, May 22, 2020

Here are some pictures of the Spring Clothing Drive. Thanks again for all of your patience!

Wednesday, 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!

Wednesday, 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!

Monday, May 11, 2020

Friday, 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!

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Important Reminder!

Monday, April 27, 2020

Quick Tips to Reduce the LandfillsI came across a few EASY tips to make changes that will keep out unnecessary trash out of our landfills.1. Using glass containers instead of plastic ones for leftovers last longer and wash up easily in your dishwasher. For an extra boost, you can take these to restaurants (when we are allowed back) to take home your leftovers.2. Make and take mason jars – mix things like salads, snacks or fruit in a glass mason jar. Extra perk - the ones from Pampered Chef come with a lid that will hold salad dressing. Compact, easy to carry. Fridge, freezer and dishwasher safe. It’s a win – win!3. Assorted silicone lids stretch over your containers (even square ones) to keep food fresh. They wash up easily and are dishwasher safe. Great for the fridge, freezer or microwave. (Extra tip - It’s best to get the ones with the vent holes so steam can escape.)A few changes makes a big difference in the big picture. Thanks to Robin Mann, Pampered Chef, for the suggestions.

Friday, April 24, 2020

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

Friday, April 24, 2020