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Got junk? Recycling center opens in Rock Falls

Next opportunity to dump items is Nov. 18

ROCK FALLS – The Rock Falls Recycling Center is accepting items from residents within the city’s electric service district.

The new facility is on city-owned property at 2400 First Ave., and volunteers from Firehouse of God Ministries are running it.

The recycling center is open year round from 9 a.m. to noon on the first and third Saturday of each month. Its free services were well received on opening day last weekend.

“We had a steady flow of vehicles the entire time Saturday,” said Brian Tribley, pastor at Firehouse of God Ministries. “We’ve set it up as a drive-thru for now, but in the winter we’ll have to open the garage.”

Enough televisions were collected to fill 14 pallets, Tribley said. Other items accepted include VCRs and DVD players, scrap metal, car batteries, washers, dryers, refrigerators and microwaves.

Oil and petroleum-based products, paint, tires, bulk waste, furniture and pallets are among the items that will not be taken.

Establishing the recycling center piggybacks on the efforts of the Sauk Valley Landlord Association. The group set up Rock Falls Cleanup Days, 1-day recycling events held the past 2 years, to address an unmet need.

The events were popular, but the landlords didn’t have the resources to keep doing them. Landlord Association President and Alderman Rod Kleckler have helped with the transition to the new facility.

“I’m sure things will be tweaked along the way, but things went smoothly on the first day,”
Kleckler said. “Things went pretty well though, and the drive-thru was a great idea.”

The recycling center is likely a temporary solution – at least at that particular building. It is part of the Hallman interstate property the city bought for development purposes. The City Council passed a resolution Tuesday that allows a broker to offer 11 acres of city land to an interested local development group. That land could be on the Hallman or Schmitt properties, but the city doesn’t yet know the exact area the prospective buyers are targeting.

Kleckler said the city hasn’t discussed plans for alternate sites, but he thinks a new one could be found.

“When this site was chosen, we knew there would be about a 6-month heads-up before any sale went through, so there will be time to evaluate the program and figure out something,” Kleckler said.

Tribley said there has been a great working relationship with the city, and having to pick up and move would be a good thing.

“We’d be happy to move if it means they’ve sold the land,” Tribley said. “Even if they do, we’ll have enough time to assess things, but for now this is a great opportunity for residents.”

The service is only for Rock Falls residents within the city’s electric utility district. Residents must bring a Rock Falls utility bill and photo identification to verifiy where they live.

For those unable to drop off items, pickup services are available. Appointments must be scheduled in advance by calling 815-622-9490.

MARK YOU CALENDAR

The next opportunity to drop off recyclables at Rock Falls Recycling Center, 2400 First Ave., is from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 18. The center is open during those hours every first and third Saturday.

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