Rockford and surrounding communities will soon be able to dispose yard waste with their weekly trash pick-up. Here is when it will begin, what can be collected, and what can not be collected.

If you cleared your yard of debris when temps were near 70 last week, good for you. If not, you better take advantage of the still mild March temps this week and clean up the yard.

Rock River Disposal will soon beginning collecting yard waste the week of March 13th with other areas to follow. Here are the dates provided by Rock River Disposal.

  • City of Rockford – Week of March 13th
  • Village of Machesney Park – 1st collection will take place on Friday, March 31st.
  • City of Loves Park – 1st collection will take place on Friday, March 31st.
  • City of South Beloit – Will start the week of March 27th. (Subscription needed)
  • Village of Rockton –Will start the week of March 27th.
  • Winnebago County where provided – Will start the week of March 27th.

What qualifies as "yard waste":

  • Leaves (disposed in compostable paper bags or in garbage cans marked with a large “X” visible from the street.)
  • Branches and limbs (less than 4” in diameter bundled with string or twine.)

What doesn't qualify as "yard waste":

Branches and limbs that exceed four feet in length, three feet in diameter and 50 pounds by weight

Although not mentioned specifically, the following items are also not "yard waste":

  • Broken lawn furniture.
  • The patio day-bed you drunkenly stole after that bonfire last summer. In fact, go put it back.
  • Cinder blocks once used a jack to fix your old car.
  • A huge broken clock conveniently located near I-90 and E. State Street.
  • An old car sitting in the yard for way too long.
  • A tower of beer cans built while playing bags.

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