Martin Luther King Jr.

Monday January 21 is Dr. Martin Luther King Day

In celebration of the life of this civil rights leader in America, the City of Batavia administrative offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 21 for Dr. Martin Luther King Day.


Please note: Advanced Disposal will proceed with regular pickup schedules the week of January 21-26.

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


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.    

Household hazardous waste materials

City of Batavia  2019 calendar of city office closings


Jan 1st  New Year’s Day
Jan 21st Martin Luther King Day
April 19th  Spring Holiday
May 27th,  Memorial Day
July 4th – Independence Day
September 2nd Labor Day
November 11th Veterans Day
November 28th Thanksgiving Day
November 29th Day After Thanksgiving
December 24th  - Christmas Eve
December 25th – Christmas Day

True cost of clothing

Save the Date for Green Night Out at the Movies: The True Cost of Clothing

Save the Date for Green Night Out at the Movies!
The Batavia Environmental Commission invites the community to Green Night Out at the Movies featuring “The True Cost” on March 9, 2019 at 7pm in City Hall.
The True Cost is a story about clothing. It’s about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing?

Filmed in countries all over the world, from the brightest runways to the darkest slums, and featuring interviews with the world’s leading influencers including Stella McCartney, Livia Firth and Vandana Shiva, The True Cost is an unprecedented project that invites us on an eye-opening journey around the world and into the lives of the many people and places behind our clothes.

For more information about this film and to watch the trailer click here 
We are also looking for sponsors and exhibitors at the event.  If you are interested - click Here to register online.  Deadline for registration and payments is Friday, February 1, 2019.  For more information contact Carolyn Burnham - or 630-441-3403.

Fox Valley Green Drinks

Wednesday, January 16 at 7pm

Join us for Fox Valley Green Drinks

Bar Evolution, 27 N. River Street, Batavia, IL

This is  community and networking event for people involved in sustainable business, environmental and social causes, local and organic food, green architecture and design, education, media, communications, construction, clean energy and more.  We meet every other month in different locations in the Fox Valley.  This month’s event is hosted by the Batavia Environmental Commission.

Water Street Studios Resident Artist/Instructor show

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Friday, January 11 6-9:00 pm

6:00 PM  9:00 PM
Water Street Studios160 S. Water StreetBatavia, IL 60510USA

View a curated selection of recent artworks by Water Street Studios' Resident Artists and Instructors. The exhibition will feature work from over 30 local artists and artisans working in a wide variety of media, scale, and disciplines. Join us during the Gallery Opening Reception and meet the artists, enjoy a cash bar and appetizers, view open artist studios, and more. Don't miss out on this unique experience to view and celebrate all of Water Street Studios representative talent - a vast quantity of work in a single exhibit that spans both the first floor Dempsey Family Gallery and second floor Chicago Capital Gallery.

Opening reception will be held Friday, January 11, 2018 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. The artists will be present at the reception to discuss their work and answer questions. In addition, appetizers will be provided by Gaetano's Batavia cash bar featuring beer from Solemn Oath Breweryand wine will be available for purchase. This event is free and open to the public. We encourage all visitors to make a $5 donation at the door to support arts programming at Water Street Studios. A special thank you to event sponsor, K.Hollis Jewelers

We are partnering with the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry and Clothes Closet during our 2nd Friday Gallery Opening Receptions. We are happy to accept donations on their behalf. Please consider bringing an item from their current needs list that can be found at Thank you. 

Both gallery exhibits will continue to be on display until Saturday, February 2, 2018 at 5pm. 

The exhibits in both galleries can be visited during regular public gallery hours: Thursday-Sunday from 12:00-5:00 pm at 160 S. Water Street in Batavia.

Batavia Park District and Depot Museum Events

Trivia Night

Depot Museum Trivia Night promises fun for all!

Get your three member team ready for the Batavia Historical Society’s Trivia Night.
Thursday, January 17th, 2019 from 7pm to 9pm at Pal Joey’s, Batavia.
Three rounds of Trivia Questions. General, Illinois and Batavia.
Entry fee is $100 per 3 Person Team. Prizes awarded.



Batavia Chamber announces 2019 Citizen of the year

The Batavia Chamber of Commerce is beyond thrilled to announce our 2019 Citizen of the Year, Georgene O'Dwyer and The Spirit of Batavia Award winner, The Batavia United Way! Both honorees will be celebrated at the 2019 Inspire Event which will be held on Thursday, January 24, 2019 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Georgene Kauth O’Dwyer Named 2018 Batavia Citizen of the Year
Batavia United Way is this year’s Spirit of Batavia honoree.

Batavia’s Citizen of the Year, the Spirit of Batavia honoree and Ole Award winners are presented at the annual awards event for the Batavia Chamber of Commerce. 

For more information on the 2019 Inspire Event, please click here:

Please feel free to contact us at the Chamber with any questions.


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