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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.   

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.

Are You Recycling Right? 

As you may have heard, residential recycling is more highly contaminated with non-recyclable garbage than ever before. Reports from sorting facilities range from 25% to 35% contamination in their recycling materials. This weighs down sorting facilities, reduces commodity prices, affects the remanufacturing markets, and increases costs for local governments and ultimately residents.
To address the increase in recycling contamination, a state task force was formed to bring recycling industry haulers and sorting facility operators together with governmental and organizational educators to develop simple cohesive recycling education materials to help residents better understand what items should and should not be placed in recycling carts.
These guidelines represent the common items accepted in most recycling programs throughout Illinois, and the goal is to have them be the go-to guidelines for all programs, all haulers, and all educators throughout the state.  An interactive Curbside Recycling Guide has been created by the Illinois EPA to help residents learn what to put in their curbside recycling bin, what to keep out, and ask questions.  Kane County Recycles has also created a quick reference sheet of guidelines to help residents.    

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.

  1. 21% of what goes into landfills is wasted food – it’s the single highest component of landfills.
  2. 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.
  3.  Methane is over 25 times more powerful as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.
  4.  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


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:


Water Street Studios Hosts 16th Annual Chicagoland 4x5 High School Exhibition During Winterfest Art Market

Batavia, IL—Water Street Studios welcomes “the largest ‘small’ art show in the nation” on display during Winterfest Art Market Friday, December 14th thru Sunday, December 16th  in the Chicago Capital Gallery on the second floor of Water Street Studios.

Opening Reception on Friday, December 14, 2018 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Event Dates: 
Friday, December 14, 2018 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 15, 2018 11:00-5:00 p.m.

Batavia, IL—Water Street Studios welcomes “the largest ‘small’ art show in the nation” on display during Winterfest Art Market Friday, December 14th thru Sunday, December 16th  in the Chicago Capital Gallery on the second floor of Water Street Studios.
Even the biggest ideas can have small beginnings. In the community of Palatine Illinois, resides Fremd High School where during the 1999-2000 school year, a small concept began. A high school art exhibition that forced student artists to work within the parameters of a less than ordinary dimension. More work could be shown, more schools could participate, and more ideas could be born. Emeritus Department Chair Len Upin felt that the challenge was set and the 4x5 was born.

From the spring of 2000 to the spring of 2012 the Chicago Area 4x5 Art Exhibition grew from 12 participating schools to over 40 spanning to schools from "Waukegan to Gurnee to Lombard to the South Side of Chicago." The late Lew Hubbard and the staff of Fremd High School continued to develop, from Len's vision, an exhibition that consistently showcased over 1000 pieces in one year surpassing most Chicago galleries in quantity and grandeur. 

The unexpected and devastating loss of the 4x5's driving force shocked us all and understandably put the exhibition on hold. With the permission of our colleagues at Fremd High School and in honor of Mr. Hubbard, we at Oswego High School bring you, once again "the Largest 'Small' Art Show in the Nation." 

This year the 16th Annual show featured over 1,100 high school students’ work on display with 44 high schools representing. Award winners of this year's Chicagoland 4x5 High School Exhibition, in each of the nine categories, and in over a hundred works of art received Honorable Mentions, 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Place will be on display at Water Street Studios. Visit the students work in the Chicago Capital Gallery located on the second floor of Water Street Studios Friday, December 14 until Sunday, December 16th.

In addition, Water Street Studios and Artisan Collective Batavia will be collaborating to produce the Winterfest Art Market, a unique holiday shopping event December 14th, 15th, and 16th at Water Street Studios located at 160 S. Water Street in Batavia, IL. The public is invited to experience this unique holiday market at Water Street Studios, a nonprofit art center and historic venue in downtown Batavia, IL.
Explore the Dempsey Family Gallery to view and purchase a juried collection of fine art at affordable prices so you can share the perfect gift for that creative someone. Continue on throughout the venue to shop from over 20 artisan vendors and over 25 resident artists at Water Street Studios featuring handmade jewelry, candles, soaps and more. The event will kick off Friday evening with an opening reception from 6:00-9:00 p.m. and continue on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
AnchorEnjoy food and drink vendors along with a cash bar featuring beer by Solemn Oath Brewery alongside wine and cocktail options. Other food and drink vendors include FreshGround Roasting in Geneva, and Modest Coffee Roasters in West Chicago, Sweet P's Homemade Cookies in Naperville, Alice’s Corner in Aurora, IL, and Gaetano’s Restaurant in Batavia. Water Street Studios will also be hosting holiday art workshops for all ages. Workshop registration available on Water Street Studios website.
Sunday, December 16, 2018 11:00-5:00 p.m.
Special thank you to event sponsors A Step Above Dance Studio, Batavia Enterprises Inc., and K. Hollis Jewelers.
About Water Street Studios
Water Street Studios is a nonprofit art center located in Batavia, Illinois. Our mission is to help make the arts more accessible to the Fox Valley region and beyond. Our vision is to be a cultural hub in the Midwest. We provide our ever-growing community with art classes, artist studios, community events, gallery exhibitions, free after-school art programs, outreach, private events in a historic venue, and more. Learn more by visiting
About Artisan Collective Batavia and Batavia MainStreet
The Artisan Collective Batavia provides downtown Batavia with pop-up market experiences featuring local artisans and supports downtown business. Batavia MainStreet program is a not-for-profit, community-based organization devoted to enhancing downtown Batavia’s identity as the heart of the community through dedicated volunteer efforts. Our vision is to help create a unique and vital downtown that enriches the business community, embraces history, celebrates the arts, preserves our natural environment and promotes quality events to instill a ‘sense of place’ in our community. 




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Batavia Park District Events

Breakfast with Santa
AnchorKids of all ages are invited to have breakfast with the ‘Big Guy’

BATAVIA, IL – Ho, ho, ho! Here comes Santa Claus! Kids of all ages are invited to have breakfast with ole’ Saint Nick on Saturday, December 1 at the Batavia Park District’s popular Breakfast with Santa event. The breakfast will be held from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at the Eastside Community Center, located at 14 N. Van Buren St. The Batavia Lions Club will be cooking up a delicious breakfast of pancakes, scrambled eggs, and sausage. Fruit and drinks will also be provided. Children can visit with Santa before the entertainment begins at 9:15 a.m. Don’t forget to bring your camera!
The cost is $14 for residents, $16 for Batavia non-residents or $18 for non-residents. Register as a family of four to receive a discount. For more information or to register, please call 630-879-5235 or visit

House decorating contest

Get in holiday spirit with the House Decorating contest 

BATAVIA, IL – Channel your inner Clark Griswold and show off your holiday spirit! The fifth annual Holiday House Decorating Contest is open to all Batavia Park District residents. Prizes will be awarded for Most Original, Best Theme, Best Use of Lights and People’s Choice. Displays will be judged on Wednesday, December 5 between 6:00 and 9:00 p.m. by District staff.
The People’s Choice category will be conducted online. All entries will be posted to the Batavia Park District Facebook page at for one week starting Thursday, December 6. The entry with the most likes by noon on December 13 will be named the People’s Choice winner!
Winners will receive a Park District prize pack and a sign to display in their yard. Addresses will be published unless otherwise specified. The registration deadline is Tuesday, December 4, and the cost is $5 to enter.
For more information, please call 630-879-5235 or visit

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