Curbside Recycling

City of Batavia residents are encouraged to participate in the curbside recycling program. Recycling carts are provided to residents at no charge and a sticker is not required for collection.  Carts are available in 35-gallon, 65-gallon, and 95-gallon sizes; contact Waste Management at the number below to change sizes or order a cart if you are a new owner and do not already have one.  Items listed may be mixed together in the same recycling cart; they will be sorted later at the recycling facility. Recycling items are picked up on the same day as refuse and garbage. If you have any questions on curbside recycling, please call Waste Management at 630-587-8282.

Kane County Recycles has created a quick reference sheet of guidelines to help guide residents with recycling various items.

Accepted Items

You can put the following items loose your curbside recycling cart (not in a plastic bag).


  • #7 plastic resin narrow neck containers only
  • Aerosol cans (empty)
  • Aluminum cans, trays, and foil (trays and foil must be cleaned)
  • Aseptic packaging and gable top containers (milk and juice cartons)
  • Glass bottles and jars: clear, brown, and green (no window or auto glass, dinnerware, or ceramics)
  • HDPD detergent and fabric softener containers (#2 colored plastic resin)
  • HDPE milk, water, and juice jugs (#2 clear plastic resin)
  • LDPE grocery containers (#4 plastic resin) such as margarine tubs, frozen desert cups, 6-pack rings, etc.
  • Paint cans (empty)
  • PET soda, water, and flavored beverage bottles (#1 clear and green plastic resin)
  • Plastic buckets such as kitty litter containers (5-gal. size maximum - no metal handles)
  • PP grocery containers (#5 plastic resin) such as yogurt cups, cottage cheese containers, narrow neck syrup and ketchup bottles, etc.)
  • PVC narrow neck containers only (#3 plastic resin) such as health and beauty products and household cleaners
  • Steel cans and tins

All containers must be emptied and rinsed clean so they are not contaminated and are usable in the recycling industry. Flat lids should be placed in trash as they cause issues at the sorting facility.  Caps may be placed back onto the container after rinsing or placed in recycling bin.

Paper Fiber

  • Cardboard (no waxed cardboard – all must be flattened and cut to 36 inches x 36 inches)
  • Carrier stock (soda and beer can carrying cases)
  • Chipboard (cereal, cake and food mix boxes, gift boxes, shoe boxes, etc.)
  • Junk mail and envelopes (no plastic cards, stick on labels, or unused stamps)
  • Kraft (brown paper) bags
  • Magazines, catalogs, and telephone books
  • Newspaper, including inserts (remove plastic sleeves)
  • Office, computer, notebook (no metal clips, spirals, or binders)
  • Paperback books (no hardcover books)
  • Pizza boxes (outer, clean box only)

Items Not Accepted for Curbside Recycling & Alternate Options

  • Containers from motor oil, insecticide, herbicide, or hazardous chemicals (these items are considered hazardous waste)
  • Plastic bags and plastic film wrap (reuse or may be taken to grocery stores, Target, or Walmart)
  • Shredded paper (save for shred event or tear off confidential portion and recycle the rest of the sheet whole)
  • Frozen food boxes and trays
  • Black plastic of any kind or flat plastic lids
  • Paper, plastic, or foam cups; lids and straws
  • Plastic tarps
  • Expanded foam and clear polystyrene #6 (Styrofoam)
  • Packing peanuts cannot be recycled and should be placed in your regular trash
    • Clean styrofoam only (foam #6 PS) may be dropped off anytime at Dart Container, 310 Evergreen Drive in North Aurora; look for their outside collection bin (packing peanuts are not accepted)
  • Paint
  • Unwanted medications (accepted at Batavia Police Department)
  • Waste oil: 3 local service stations:
    • Batavia Citgo, 27 N Batavia Avenue ($1/gallon)
    • Batavia Firestone, 351 S Randall Road (no charge)
    • Park & Sons Auto Repair, 403 E Wilson Street (no charge)
  • Batteries
    • Household batteries (AAA, AA, C, D, 6-volt, 9-volt, and nickel-cadmium rechargeable) may be dropped off for recycling Monday - Friday (excluding holidays) from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Batavia Public Works Facility, 200 N Raddant Road. Please go to the office entrance on west side of building and deposit batteries in the appropriate container in the vestibule area. Hearing aid, watch, and car batteries are not accepted at Public Works.
    • Auto batteries: 3 local service stations:
      • Batavia Citgo, 27 N Batavia Avenue (no charge)
      • Batavia Firestone, 351 S Randall Road (no charge)
      • Park & Sons Auto Repair, 403 E Wilson Street (no charge)