Area residents may still find free pine mulch at Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful's thirteen Christmas Tree Recycling sites through March 1.
"While the mulch piles may be buried in snow right now, people should try to retrieve the mulch as soon as the weather improves," said Lori Gummow, executive director of Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful. "The mulch is available only on a first-come, first-served basis, and the sites will be cleaned up in the next few weeks." Participants need to bring their own shovel and containers to collect the mulch.The drop-off locations are unmanned and most are accessible 24 hours a day:
Cherry Valley: Baumann Park.
Loves Park: Martin Park, lot on Park Ridge Road off Riverside Boulevard.
Machesney Park: behind Village Hall, 300 Machesney Road.
Pecatonica: Pecatonica Wetlands Forest Preserve, near picnic area, 4550 N Pecatonica Rd. Rockford: Alpine Park, 900 South Alpine Road; Andrews Park, 800 North Central Ave; Blackhawk Park,100 - 15th Ave; Don Schmid Youth Sports Center; Riverdahl Park off Sandy Hollow; Gambino Park, Pepper Drive west of North Alpine Road; Levings Lake, entrance off Johnston Avenue.
Rockton: Boat Ramp Parking Lot off Hononegah Road; and Williams Tree Farm, 4661 Yale Bridge Road.
Roscoe: Valley View Farms, 6440 Belvidere Road.