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Charlie Byrd of Rock River Environmental Services and his fellow RRES waste haulers work year-round in all conditions, including driving rain, blowing snow and blistering heat. Charlie collects up to 40,000 lbs of garbage per day. A daily haul of recyclables can weigh up to 12,000 lbs. And yard work season can mean shifts last 10 hours or more as drivers pick up the grass, weeds and tree clippings that citizens place at the curb. It’s all in a day’s work for Charlie Byrd and his hard-working colleagues.

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ATTENTION:  As of January 1st, 2012, the Electronic Products Recycling and Reuse Public Act 97-287 prohibits the disposal of e-waste (electronics) into landfills. Therefore we will no longer be collecting e-waste or serve as a drop-off location. Please contact your local electronics store to find a drop-off location near you.


Residents of the City of Rockford now have the option to lease or purchase a Rock River Disposal trash cart. These carts are to be used for household trash only (no recyclable materials or landscape waste is allowed to be placed into the carts). The carts are available in both 95 gallon and 65 gallon sizes. All carts are equipped with lids to reduce blowing trash, and wheels to assist you in moving the cart to and from the curb.

The cost to lease either size cart is $24 per year, payable annually in advance. Payment for the first year is due when you place your order, and you will be invoiced directly by Rock River Disposal on an annual basis thereafter. You may cancel your participation in the program at any time; however, no refunds will be given for any lease payments previously made.

You may also elect to purchase a 95 gallon cart for a onetime fee of $56.00, or a 65 gallon cart for a onetime fee of $51.00. An additional delivery fee will be assessed for all purchased carts.

Please contact the Rock River Disposal office at 815-965-2489 for additional information or to sign up for this program.

Rockford Yard Waste Collection

ROCKFORD - Yard waste collection that ceases seasonally over the winter months will resume on Monday April 7, 2014 and continue until the week of December 1 to 4th, 2014. Please be advised that yard waste will only be collected when placed in compostable paper bags or in garbage cans clearly marked with a large “X” visible from the street. Branches and limbs less than 4” in diameter bundled with string or twine may be placed for collection as long as they don’t exceed four feet in length, three feet in diameter and 50 pounds by weight.
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