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Kane County Recycles Guide

2019 Kane County Recycles Green Guide now available

Click here to view and download the guide.  It contains lots of useful information about special recycling events and options Kane County residents can use to dispose of their recyclables. 

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.    

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Are you affected by the federal government shutdown?


 Batavia has many services to fill in the gaps until your paycheck arrives. You may receive groceries once a month from the food pantry. This includes fresh fruit, vegetables, milk, eggs, meat and more. Visit our website for more information and hours. Call United Way's 2-1-1 for information about other assistance in Kane County.



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Spring is around the corner and it's time to plan for the Annual Batavia Citywide Garage Sale

The 2019 Batavia Citywide Garage Sale will be held on Friday and Saturday, May 3-4, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This Citywide Garage Sale is the biggest fundraising event hosted by the volunteer members of the Batavia Fireworks Committee. The Batavia Fireworks Committee has set a goal to raise $40,000 for the fireworks display at The Batavia Fourth of July Sky Concert. The annual fireworks budget is made possible by contributions provided by sponsors, through various fundraising events organized by the Batavia Fireworks Committee year-round, private donations from residents throughout the year, and registration fees from the 2019 Batavia Citywide Garage Sale.
Look for more information soon!


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

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Dads and daughters invited to princess-themed date night  

BATAVIA, IL – Dads and daughters, ages 3 and up, will dance the night away on Friday, February 1 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Rotolo Middle School, 1501 S. Raddant Road. The popular “Daddy Daughter Date Night” will include a special princess theme, entertainment, dessert, dancing, games, a photo booth and more. The cost is $30 per couple and $15 for each additional daughter.
Corsages are back this year! We’ve teamed up with Paragon Flowers to offer a pink or white corsage option when you register. The cost is just $15 and pick-up will be between 2:00 and 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 1 at the Civic Center, 327 W. Wilson St. For custom orders, please visit and the deadline to order is January 29.
A dinner option is available for an additional cost at Pal Joey’s beginning at 4:30 p.m. The cost is $7 for kids eight and under, $9 for kids ages 9-12, and $13 for adults. The meal includes pizza, salad, and dessert as well as soft drinks, coffee, water, and gratuity. Price is per person, and pre-registration is required.  
The Batavia Park District is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year and Daddy Daughter Date Night is one of our most popular “Throw Back Programs,” as it has been offered at the Park District for over thirty years. Be sure to reserve your spot early at this event!
For more information or to register, please call 630-879-5235 or visit



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 Science & Art Fair, PT Barnum highlight Batavia Library Event Calendar

Sat., January 26,
Science & Art Fair
Families are invited to learn and explore at our fourth annual Science & Art Fair. The open-house format features stations from Incredible Bats, SciTech Museum, NIU STEM Outreach, and more. Activities are suitable for children preschool age and older. No registration required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Batavia Public Library.
Sun., January 27
The Essential P. T. Barnum
Batavia Public Library
Years before he revolutionized the circus, P. T. Barnum was the most famous man in the world. Storyteller William Pack reveals the amazing life of P. T. Barnum through storytelling and recreations of historical sideshow performances.  Please register for this program online or by calling the Library Reference Desk, 630-879-1393, ext. 200.


fOX river arts ramble

Saturday, April 13th and Sunday, April 14th
Join us for the 2nd Annual Fox River Arts Ramble: a two-day, self-guided arts tour featuring numerous arts-related locations from Aurora to Elgin in 2019. Deadline to submit to participate is February 1, 2019.

Fox River Arts Ramble seeking artists: Deadline Feb 1

The Fox River Arts Ramble is back for a repeat performance. In this episode, event organizers Alison Bastian (St. Charles Arts Council), Dani Hollis (Water Street Studios, Batavia), and Lynn Caldwell and Ellen Ljung (Fine Line Creative Arts Center, St. Charles) discuss the origins of the event, the enhancements in store for this year, and what ramblers can expect the second time around. Artists! The deadline to register for the event is 2/1/2019. Music by Ryan Carney. Produced by Jaime Gutierrez for the Fox Valley Voice podcast network.

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