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Rockford getting new, larger recycling bins

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 2:00 p.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 9:44 p.m. CST

ROCKFORD (AP) — Residents in Rockford are getting new recycling bins.

About 51,000 homes are to receive larger, 32-gallon recycling bins. They'll replace 18-gallon bins this spring. The city is in the process of finalizing a seven-year contract with Rock River Disposal for curbside waste removal.

The Rockford Register Star reports Wednesday (http://bit.ly/1aGHGTd) that the city's recycling rate has typically been below the national average.

Illinois Recycling Association President Marta Keane says the larger containers are a good thing. She says it sends a message to residents to recycle more.

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