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Leaf Collection Continues

The second leaf collection for west side residents begins on Monday, November 12; the third and final east side leaf collection begins on Monday, November 19 (weather permitting).  Please note that crews will be collecting on Monday, November 12, even though City offices are closed that day.  A progress map is updated at the end of the workday to show the areas that have already been completed for the cycle.     For additional details about the program, including the remaining 2018 schedule, please visit the Leaf Collection information page or call 630-454-2400.   

Food scraps

Batavia Residents are Encouraged to take part in the NEW Food Scrap Collection offered by Advanced Disposal

Why are we doing this?  Because wasted food is contributing to climate change.  In 2015 the EPA and USDA announced the goal to reduce food loss and waste by 50% by the year 2030.  Batavia is doing its part by offering our new Food Scrap Collection.
·         21% of what goes into landfills is wasted food – it’s the single highest component of landfills.
·         Food breaking down in landfills produces methane.  Landfills are the 3rd highest source of man-made methane released in the atmosphere in the U.S.
·         Methane is over 25 times more powerful as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.
·         If we compost these food scraps properly it does not produce methane.
The EPA also recommends that we work to reduce our food waste.  Check out this resource.


Select food scraps can be in your yard waste cart, yard waste can, or your brown Kraft bag during the yard waste collection season, which runs from April through the end of November.

Acceptable food scrap items that may be added to your yard waste cart, yard waste can, or brown Kraft bag  include: 

Fruits & vegetables including unpainted holiday pumpkins; breads, grains, pasta & cereal; dairy & eggs including egg shells, but no liquids; coffee grounds, filters & teabags.  

Unacceptable items:  No meat, poultry or seafood; no bones or shells; no fats, grease or oil; no liquids; no pet waste; no packaging; no paper plates or any other service ware (even if marked compostable); no plastics, styrofoam, glass, metal, or diapers.  

Household hazardous waste materials

Household Hazardous Waste Front Door Collection Service

The City of Batavia now offers a new Household Hazardous Waste collection service to its residents.  The City’s third-party provider, U.S. Ecology, will provide front door collection of many items that should not be placed in the regular weekly refuse collection.  For contact information and to learn about the items that will be accepted, please visit the City’s website

Brush collection

Batavia Residential Brush Collection

The final brush collection will take place the week of Monday, November 26.  Please be sure to have your brush out no later than 7 a.m. as this is the last opportunity of the season.  Residents are asked to store their brush outside the parkway until the weekend before the scheduled pickup.  To learn more about the program, please click here.   If you have any questions, please call the Street Division at 630-454-2400.

Recycling Event in St. Charles on Saturday, 11/10/18, for Electronics, Books, Paint & Document Shredding  

this is the last Kane County Recycles Event of the year, to be held on Saturday, 11/10/18, between 8 am and 12 noon, at 540 S. Randall in St. Charles. They will be accepting electronics, books and paint for recycling, and documents for shredding.  For more information about the event, including items accepted and costs, please click here.  

Mulching leaves with a mower

The Batavia Environmental Commission encourages Batavia Residents to mulch leaves this fall.

As we hear the whirring of the leaf vacuum trucks around our neighborhood, there is actually an easier way to handle our fall leaves than raking and blowing them to be picked up.  The latest information is that our lawns will be healthier and our backs will thank us if we mulch instead of rake. 
Here are some benefits to Mulching leaves:

  • Reduces the volume of leaves dramatically and prevents leaf piles from clogging drains and causing floods.
  • Feeds soil as leaves decompose and soak into the ground.
  • Shredded leaves go to work keeping soil and roots warmer, retaining moisture, and preventing many weeds from germinating.
  • Makes lawns better able to soak up rainwater runoff.
  • Reduces pollutants from the trucks required to haul them to composting facilities.
  • Mulching leaves also reduces back and neck injuries that come with the bending, twisting and reaching motions that raking requires.

If you don’t have a mulching lawnmower, attachments are available.  If you use a lawn service consider asking them to mulch your leaves instead.  If leaf mulch is too thick on your lawn rake extra leaves into landscape areas and around trees and shrubs.
If you still have too many leaves, mulch what you can and take the rest to the curb for city pickup.   When putting your leaves out for pickup by city work crews make sure they are on an easily accessed spot on your parkway and do not spill into the street.
For more information on how and why to mulch leaves:


Upcoming Workdays at Fabyan Woods South Batavia:

Sunday, November 18,  9am-12noon
Sunday, December 9, 9am-12noon
The goal of the environmental stewardship workdays is to remove invasive species so that native plants may again flourish below the majestic oaks on this site and open up a breathtaking view of our beautiful Fox River. Restoring this site can help control area flooding by helping to filter and retain water, will eliminate habitat that hosts harmful tick and mosquito populations, and will increase animal and plant biodiversity for a more healthy landscape.
Anyone is welcome to join our crew, young or old, and no experience is required. There is something for every ability level from picking up trash, pulling invasive garlic mustard, carrying cut branches, lopping small branches, to cutting down trees.
SUGGESTED ATTIRE. Long pants, closed toed shoes (preferably boots), work gloves, safety glasses, long sleeves, bug spray. We have extra work gloves and safety glasses if you forget yours. We also provide tools, snacks, and water.
Parking can be accessed from the windmill parking lot (off Route 25 just north of Fabyan Pkwy), then by foot head south (along the east bank) on the Fox River Trail along the river until just after you pass under the Fabyan Bridge. Anna will meet people at the windmill parking lot at 9am and will walk together to site.
Contact: Anna Bakker (Site Steward) at You can also find updates and photos at

2nd Annual Battle of the Brush Pile

Saturday, December 15, 9am-12noon.
Fabyan Woods Geneva
Calling all high school students from Batavia, Geneva, Marmion, and Metea Valley! Join us for a showdown to see what school comes out victorious for a win against other Fox Valley students. Schools will battle against one another in a massive environmental endeavor to see who can remove the most invasive buckthorn and honeysuckle and then build the best, biggest, and most brush piles. No experience required, but competition and school pride is encouraged. Hand saws, loppers, snacks, and drinks will be provided. Extras gloves and eye protection are available if you forget yours. Teams, groups, clubs, and individuals are invited to the cross-town invitational. RSVP’s are encouraged to plan for numbers, but all attendance is appreciated. We look forward to you joining us in stewardship to help restore our local woodlands.


Dress for working in the woods. Wear work gloves and boots if possible. Protective eyewear suggested.

An event organized in partnership by the Batavia Environmental Commission and the Geneva Natural Resources Committee for the Kane County Forest Preserves. Questions? Contact Anna Bakker (BEC) at or Jay Womack (GNRC and Site Steward) at

Photos from last year's event:



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Batavia Historical Society Fundraiser lights up the Riverwalk

The Batavia Historical Society is building on their successful “Light Up the Caboose” campaign of 2017 by lighting up the historic Gunzenhauser/Smith Gazebo for the 2018 holiday season! 

Starting October 1, the public can help make the Depot Museum a little brighter this holiday season by purchasing a bulb as part of the “Light Up the Gazebo” fundraising campaign, that benefits the Depot Museum Expansion Project. Bulbs are $10 each or three for $25. With each gift, a paper bulb with the donor’s name or the name of your choice will be hung inside the Depot Museum between now and the November 25 Celebration of Lights Festival.

At 6 pm, during the Festival, the Depot’s Gunzenhauser/Smith Gazebo will be ceremonially lit by Betty Wormwood (formerly Betty Smith) and her family. The copper-topped gazebo stood proudly along North Batavia Avenue overlooking the Fox River. Legend says that Mr. Guzenhauser built the structure as a place he could enjoy playing his violin and smoke his cigars – neither of which Mrs. Gunzenhauser liked in the house.  The Smith family purchased the property in 1948 and cared for it for it until the property was sold and gazebo donated to the Depot Museum in 1988.  By 1991, it was fully restored and put in place next to the Gustafson Research Center, overlooking the Depot Pond. 
Donate and help us see how bright we can make it! If you are interested in sponsoring a bulb, stop by the Depot Museum Gift Shop (Open Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 2-4 pm) or visit The lights will be enjoyed for the entire holiday season.
For the full Celebration of Lights Festival schedule, visit
To donate to the Depot Museum Expansion Project, send a check to the Batavia Historical Society Expansion Project, P.O. Box 14, Batavia, IL 60510. The Batavia Historical Society, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, plans to raise $2 million for the construction of the expansion, including the linkup to the existing Depot Museum.

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