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Batavia mayor warns of fallout from electronics recycling cut

BATAVIA – The city of Batavia likely will face a backlash from closing its electronics recycling program, Batavia Mayor Jeff Schielke said Tuesday.

The Batavia and Geneva public works departments after Dec. 15 no longer will host an electronics recycling drop-off site.

Electronics can continue to be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday at St. Charles Public Works, 1405 S. Seventh Ave., St. Charles.

Electronics also can be dropped off from 8 a.m. to noon Dec. 12 at the Kane County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office, 540 S. Randall Road, St. Charles.

The volume of electronics being received at the drop-off locations has grown substantially over the years, with more than 60 percent by weight being large tube TVs that are costly to transport and recycle, according to a news release.

Batavia aldermen were informed Tuesday during their Committee of the Whole meeting that the county has given the city its 60 days notice of termination for the program.

“I think we’re going to have a lot of problems with this. … I’m anxious to hear what St. Charles has to say about it when they start getting the Batavia and Geneva [drop-off items],” Schielke said.

Schielke said he has heard from several residents who were concerned Batavia would no longer have a drop-off site. 

Aldermen Alan Wolff of Ward 2 and Susan Stark of Ward 4 suggested the city explore alternatives to keeping some type of drop-off program operating within the city.

Batavia Public Works Director Gary Holm and Ward 2 Alderman Marty Callahan said Batavia residents could use the county’s remaining electronics drop-off sites, even though they are not as convenient.

Ward 7 Alderman Dave Brown said the city can re-visit the issue if electronics become improperly discarded in Batavia following the closing of the drop-off site.

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