- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 15, 2014

ROCKFORD, Ill. (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 (https://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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Information from: Rockford Register Star, https://www.rrstar.com

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