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Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful to open tree recycling sites

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ROCKFORD (WREX) — Now that Christmas is over, what will you do with the dying Christmas tree? Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful has an answer.

KNIB will open seven tree recycling sites for the community starting on January 1.

The sites open January 1 and close January 15. No trees can be dropped off after January 15.

Trees dropped off at recycling sites will be turned into free mulch for the public. Community members must bring their own containers and shovels to gather the mulch.

"Recycling trees, a renewable resource, conserves valuable landfill space and returns vital nutrients to the earth while beautifying landscapes," KNIB said in a press release.

New this year, people living in Harlem Township have a site opening close to home. KNIB will open a new recycling site at Schoonmaker Park in Machesney Park.

Here's where you can drop off old trees and pick up free mulch:

  • Harlem Township: Schoonmaker Park, 10500 Ventura Blvd, Machesney Park
  • Cherry Valley: Baumann Park, 300 South Walnut, daylight hours only
  • Loves Park: Martin Park, 5600 Park Ridge Road, northeast parking lot, south of Riverside Boulevard.
  • Rockton: Boat Ramp Parking area about 830 East Main Street, opposite Hononegah ball field
  • Roscoe: Valley View Farms, 6440 Belvidere Road
  • Pecatonica: Pecatonica Wetlands Forest Preserve, 4550 N Pecatonica Road, near the picnic area
  • Village of Davis: Davis Village Hall, 104 E. McKimmy
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Jena Kleindl

Jena joined the WREX team in May 2020 as the Assignment Editor and News Producer. She was born and raised in Freeport. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee in 2020.

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