Census 202 FlyerARE YOU READY?


Census workers will be out and about doing address canvassing from now until October. If you see a census worker, please feel free to ask them for identification.

In mid March 2020, you should be receiving a questionnaire in the mail. This is called a “self-response” questionnaire. Please try to answer as many questions as you comfortable with.. Some of the ways that this information is used:

  • Make decisions at all levels of government
  • Drawing federal state and local legislative districts
  • Attracting new businesses to state and local areas
  • Distributing over $675 billion annual in federal funds and even more in state funds
  • Forecasting future transportation needs
  • Forecasting future housing needs
  • Designing public safety strategies
  • Creating maps to speed emergency services to households in need of assistance

Every household will have the option of responding online, by mail, or by phone.

Nearly every household will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census, from either a postal worker or a census worker.

  • 95% of households will receive their census invitation by mail.
  • 5% of households will receive their census invitation when a census taker drops it off. In these areas, households may not receive mail that their physical location (like households with a post office box, or areas that have recently been affected by natural disasters.
  • Less than 1% of house holds will be counted in person by a census taker, instead of being invited to respond on their own. We do this in very remote areas, like parts of norther Maine, remote Alaska, and in select American Indian areas that ask to be counted in person.

For more information: Census Flyer (457 downloads)


Recycling's Dirty Dozen: No. 1 — Clearing Up Confusion on Plastics

Recycling’s Dirty Dozen: No. 1 — Clearing Up Confusion on Plastics

By Jennifer Jarland, Kane County Recycling Coordinator

  • Editor’s Note: This article, written by Kane County Recycling Coordinator Jennifer Jarland, is the first in a series of 12 articles on the “Dirty Dozen” items that should NOT go in your recycling cart but may have other recycling options in your community. Got questions or concerns? Contact Jarland at at 630-208-3841 or recycle@countyofkane.org.

Have you ever questioned whether you can recycle something (curbside or elsewhere) or if you should put it on the trash?

For example, “Are plastic deodorant sticks, their lids, and their internal parts (assuming they’re clean) recyclable in my curbside bin?” These sorts of questions, especially about plastic items, are very common.

The answer to the above question is definitely “No!” Random plastic items — of which there are so many varieties — are often not recyclable.

What Makes Something Recyclable — Or Not?

An item is recyclable only if:

(1) It can be correctly sorted using present technology at the material recovery facilities (MRFs); and

(2) It has a viable end market — somewhere to send it where a company will re-manufacture the material into new products.

The MRFs, with a combination of human and mechanical sorting systems, are constrained by technology in the materials and shapes they can sort, and that creates some limitation.

Then there are the market forces, which is the definitive limitation. If there is no end-market for a particular type of material, then it simply cannot be recycled because there is no one turning it into anything.

What About The Numbers on Plastic Containers?

Confusion about plastic recycling comes largely from that ubiquitous symbol — a number inside the chasing arrows triangle — which manufacturers imprint on plastic products.

Because many people believe that the number means it is recyclable — which it does not — a ton of plastic stuff that is not actually recyclable ends up in the recycling bin.

The number simply tells you the type of resin an item is made from. It does not tell you whether it is recyclable in any given program.

The Rules For Recycling Plastic

Here are the five rules to remember:

  1. Forget the number! It only tells you the resin type and does not mean the item is recyclable.
  2. Only recycle CONTAINERS — in the shape of bottles, tubs, jugs and jars — in the curbside recycling cart.
  3. If it is not one of the above shapes, then it is not recyclable at the curb. See other options below for plastic bags and foam. All else goes in the trash. Also, try to rethink your purchases to avoid excess plastic packaging.
  4. Rinse lightly, only if needed.
  5. Put the lids back on the empty containers to recycle together.

Here is the Guidelines Poster of what can go in your cart and what cannot. And here are some more comprehensive details, if you are REALLY into it! : )

Non-Recyclable Plastics

  • No plastic bags or flexible plastic packaging. See Plastic Film Recycling for a drop-off locator.
  • No formed/ridged plastic packaging.
  • No straws, cups or lids.
  • No plastic plates, trays or plastic utensils.
  • No candy wrappers, cereal bags, snack bags or chip packets.
  • No plastic toys or chairs or shelves.
  • No hoses, cables, ropes, or other “tanglers”.
  • No black plastic.
  • No empty motor oil, pesticide, or chemical bottles.
  • No diapers! Can you believe we have to list this!?
  • NO Styrofoam, polystyrene (do not put in curbside bin, but deliver to Dart Container Corp, 310 Evergreen Dr., North Aurora, 630-896-4631, Recycle Drop-Off is open 24/7. Dart accepts: foam blocks, clean food containers. NO straws, cup lids, paper, or packing peanuts. UPS stores will reuse clean, bagged and unmixed foam peanuts.)

Why Can’t These Things Be Recycled?!

  1. There are many different kinds of plastic in many different forms, much of which is neither sortable nor marketable.
  2. Much of the non-recyclable plastics listed above are such a low grade of plastic that no one is re-manufacturing it.
  3. It is cheaper (in our present economy) to make things out of raw material — petroleum, than it is to collect, sort, transport, pelletize and remanufacture all of the various kinds of plastics.

Do Not Let Perfection Become the Enemy of the Good

Yes, recycling is still worth the effort; we just have to get better at “Recycling Right!” You can do it, and your actions do make a difference!

The thing is that we have to recycle as much as we can of the recyclable materials, and let the other stuff go, so as not to let perfection become the enemy of the good!

Please do not put non-recyclable items in the recycling container, clean or otherwise, as that just gives the facilities more sorting to do and the materials inevitably and unavoidably end up in the landfill anyway.

Or worse, they slip through and end up as a “contaminate” in the recyclable plastics lowering the quality of the material in the bale. This makes it harder to market and is a major detriment to the recycling industry as a whole.


It is up to us as individuals to change our consumerist habits to stop the avalanche of plastics coming down the stream and infiltrating all elements of our environment.

The best thing you can do to help is to reduce your use of plastic at the front end. Endeavor to look for alternative products that are not packaged in plastic or made of plastic!

Four Tips For the Optimal Kane County Recycling Extravaganza Experience

4 Tips For The Optimal Kane County Recycling Extravaganza Experience

4 Tips For The Optimal Kane County Recycling Extravaganza Experience

Kane County is gearing up for its biggest recycling event of the year — the 2019 Recycling Extravaganza — set to take place from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 13.

There are a ton of recycling opportunities this year, and a few changes from previous years, so be sure to read the rest of this article.

The extravaganza includes recycling for batteries, books, bikes, clothes, electronics, flourescent lamps, Styrofoam and paint.

New this year is the opportunity to recycle scrap metal — aluminum, copper, brass, insulated wire, cast iron, steel and other metals.

Please see the EVENT POSTER for more details, and please read below information to make the most of your event experience!

One important reminder is that this event DOES NOT include shredding, which has been the case in previous years. That said, confidential document shredding will be available at Kane County’s Aug. 10 and Sept. 14 recycling events.

4 Tips For The Optimal Experience

  1. Please arrive between the hours of 8 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. for optimal service. Please do not arrive early, as it creates a pile up before the event even begins.
  2. It is recommended that you approach on the North-bound side of Randall, coming up from IL Route 38 toward IL Route 64, so that you can easily turn right, into the event at the Kane County Traffic Court building. If you approach on the southbound side of Randall, you may have difficulty turning left into the event site across the oncoming traffic, and the lineup creates a traffic flow problem on Randall.
  3. Please check out this MAP of the event to see the order in which things will be unloaded so that you can pack your car accordingly. This helps us to serve you more efficiently.
  4. Stop into Colonial Café for brunch after recycling!

Unloaded In This Order – MAP

  1. Electronics
  2. Books
  3. Latex paint
  4. Scrap Metal, 4-foot fluorescent tubes, Batteries, Styrofoam, Bikes, Helmets, Clothes, Shoes (all unloaded at the last stop)

Items You Can Recycle

  • Batteries: Alkaline batteries — AA, AAA, C, D, 9V & button batteries; Vehicle – car, truck, motorcycle, power sport
  • Books: any age any condition, hard or soft cover
  • Bikes in working order or in need of minor repairs, helmets, bike baskets
  • Clothes, linens, curtains, paired shoes, hats, ties, belts, purses, backpacks, stuffed animals, plush toys
  • Electronics: TVs and Computer Monitors have a recycling fee; see below under “costs.” All other electronic items are free to drop off. Click here for the full list.
  • Fluorescent Lamps (4 foot tubes)
  • Foam: Styrofoam #6 blocks and food service foam (NO packing peanuts)
  • Paint: Latex and Oil Paint have a recycling fee; see below under Costs. Please note that oil-based paints can be taken to Naperville HHW facility for free.
  • Scrap Metal (NEW in 2019): aluminum, copper, brass, insulated wire, cast iron, steel, other metals

Items You Can NOT Recycle


  • TVs and Computer Monitors have a recycling fee paid directly to the non-profit recycler. The fee is $25 for screens under 21 inches, measured diagonally across the screen, or $35 for screens 21 inches or more, payable by the resident with cash or card.
  • Paint has a recycling fee per container, payable by the resident with cash or check. Latex is $3 per gallon, oil is $8 per gallon.

Got Questions?

Contact Kane County Recycling Coordinator Jennifer Jarland at 630-208-3841 or recycle@countyofkane.org.




Recycling in Chicagoland: We’re doing it wrong and soon it’ll cost more

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CHICAGO — Recycling needs to be rebooted. That’s the opinion of experts as commodity prices crash and many residents still can’t recycle right.

WGN Investigates rode along one recycling truck’s route in Oak Lawn and followed it to the yard to see how much of the material residents put in their green carts is actually recyclable.

“Believe it or not we get a lot of diapers,” said Pete Keller of Republic Services which handles waste hauling for dozens of Chicago suburbs.

Twenty to 25% of most loads are unrecyclable, according to Republic.

“There’s actually a term for that in our industry,” Keller said. “It’s called ‘wish-cycling.’ Well-intentioned people doing more harm than good.”

The contamination problem in south suburban Posen is so bad the village president is scrapping the suburb’s recycling program effective in October.

“It’s just not working,” Frank Podbielniak said. “We don’t know any other way to educate the public to do it the right way.”

While recycling advocates say dumping a program is not the right way to go they concede the economics have changed since China decided to stop accepting much of what Americans recycle. Haulers like Republic Services are now cautioning customers that they may soon be asked to pay more to recycle.

“Without the commodity value, without a willingness to pay more, this business is not sustainable long term,” said Keller.

How much more? Watch the full story above.

Wondering what you CAN and CANNOT recycle? It varies by community and waste hauler. Here are some helpful links:

Waste Management (Maple Park’s Waste Hauler): https://www.wm.com/thinkgreen/what-can-i-recycle.jsp

Dental Care is Self Care by Amanda Henderson

Dental Care is Self-Care: Dental Health Tips for New Moms and Babies  

by Amanda Henderson

Picture of Woman Brushing her Teeth

As a new mom, dental care isn’t the first thing on your mind. You have a baby to feed, diapers to change, and if you’re lucky, a nap to take. It’s easy for a new mom’s dental health to suffer in the postpartum period, but dental hygiene isn’t only important for your own health. It also affects your child.

Your Dental Health and Your Child

Every time you share utensils or use your mouth to clean a pacifier that fell on the floor, you share oral bacteria. If cavity-causing bacteria is present, that bacteria passes to your child’s mouth, increasing your child’s risk of cavities. By taking care of your own dental health during and after pregnancy, you protect your child’s health too.

Postpartum Dental Care for New Moms

Now that there’s an infant in the house, life no longer fits into neat routines. However, it’s still important to find time for dental hygiene. Take two minutes twice a day while your baby is napping to brush your teeth, and floss once a day.

Don’t avoid brushing and flossing while dealing with pregnancy gingivitis. Although your gums are tender, diligent and gentle cleaning is the best way to manage inflamed gums.

Be mindful of foods high in sugar and carbs, which stick to your teeth and promote decay. When you need a snack, reach for fruit, vegetables, yogurt, and nuts instead. When you do eat or drink something sweet, brush your teeth afterward.

Your Child’s Dental Health

Now you know to avoid sharing saliva if you have cavities, but what else can you do to care for your child’s dental health? From the time your child is a newborn, practice these good dental health habits:

  • Wipe infants’ gums with a moist cloth after feedings.
  • Start brushing children’s teeth twice daily as soon as teeth erupt.
  • Don’t send children to bed with a bottle or fill bottles with sweet drinks like fruit juice or soda.
  • Before age three, use a small amount of fluoride toothpaste, about the size of a grain of rice. After three, use a pea-sized drop of toothpaste.
  • Make brushing and flossing a positive experience to encourage good dental health habits.
  • Schedule a dentist visit within six months of a child’s first tooth.

More Postpartum Self-Care Tips

Self-care keeps you physically and mentally healthy after your child is born. Without it, it’s harder to be the person and parent you want to be, and issues like postpartum depression are less manageable.

Self-care looks different when you have a new baby. Instead of days out with friends, it’s the little things like a hot shower while your baby is napping and getting outside on a nice day. These are more self-care strategies new moms swear by:

  • Use a hands-free pumping bra while pumping. The ability to multitask while pumping is a lifesaver! With a wearable pump you can pay bills, clean bottles, or knock another task off your list while pumping, freeing up more me-time later.
  • Sit down for a healthy meal every day. This is easier said than done, but your body needs nourishment now more than ever. Order groceries to your door if you need to, but make time for eating real food.
  • Take time off. It’s hard to spend time away from a new baby, but it’s important to connect with your partner and yourself during this new phase of life. You’ll feel better if you trust your sitter 100 percent, so use a site that lets you run a background check, like Sittercity, and follow the hiring process to find someone you feel comfortable with.
  • Accept that things won’t be perfect. Sometimes you’ll have to choose between sleep and laundry. Choose sleep. The laundry will be there later, but you can’t get your health back. It’s ok if life looks a little messy right now as long as everyone is cared for.When all your energy is focused on a new baby, it’s easy to forget there’s another important person in the equation: You. When your health suffers, so does the well-being of your child. So the next time you’re thinking of heading to bed without brushing your teeth or running errands instead of taking that nap you desperately need, reconsider.

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The Village of Maple Park has recently seen a rash of vandalism in Maple Park. The police department is working on this and will prosecute the person or persons doing the vandalism. Also, residents in Squires Crossing have recently began using security cameras in hopes of catching the vandals. VANDALISM IS A CRIME


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Village of Wayne Alerts Area Residents of Traveling Seal-Coating Scam

The Wayne Police Department is alerting area residents to a seal-coating scam that travels from town to town.

According to a village of Wayne news release, the scams are commonly executed by mobile crews that rarely stay in one area.

The Will County Sheriff’s Office reported similar scams last fall.

“These individuals will hit a specific area or neighborhood and once they have worn out their efforts, they pick up and move to the next town or state,” officials said in a news release. “This group of men approach a home and smooth talk the homeowner into allowing them to reseal their asphalt driveway.

“These people are very persuasive and typically target the elderly population. Their sales pitch can include telling the homeowner that they will give them a ‘cut rate price’ just for today; or they were working in the area and saw that your driveway needs resealing. This group usually uses cut-rate products and also asks for payment before they begin in the way of cash or a check made out to cash.”

Wayne police said the scam was “detected and deterred” before any residents became a victim.

“We suggest that if anyone reaches out to you to provide this service, be suspicious,” officials said. “There are many reputable companies that you can contact. Remember: If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.”


Solicitors in Wayne [and Maple Park] are required to have permits. If a resident is approached by someone who is soliciting without a permit, officials ask that you contact the Wayne Police Department at 630-584-3031 or call 9-1-1.

The village encourages residents to enroll in the village mail list at https://villageofwayne.org/ and also to follow or like the village of Wayne Facebook page.

SOURCE: village of Wayne news release, Will County Sheriff’s Office news release

*Article originally appeared in the Kane County Connects online newsletter.

The Village of Maple Park uses Blackboard Connect, so that residents can receive emails calls and/or texts with vital village information. If you haven’t already sign up, please go to Maple Park’s website or call the village office at (815) 827-3309 and we will get you signed up!

New Garbage Can Hours

Garbage Can Clip ArtOn Tuesday, the Village of Maple Park passed an ordinance that restricts how long you can have your garbage cans out at the curb. This is a normal rule that many municipalities have. The wording in the ordinance, like many ordinances, says that the village can fine you up to $750.00. This language is in many of our ordinances where enforcement may be necessary. The Village of Maple Park will NEVER start out with a fine of any amount. The first thing we will do is let you know, most likely via letter, explaining the rule. We only want compliance, this is not a revenue maker for the village. The only time a fine would be assessed is if you do not comply after the village has tried to work with you.

The meat of the ordinance reads as follows:

Containers for Collection. No person shall dispose of any garbage, refuse or ashes anywhere in the Village except as herein provided. Such material shall be placed in secured or in covered containers, as herein provided, for collection by a licensed garbage and refuse collector. All containers for garbage, yard waste and refuse shall be placed by residents at the curb line of the premises served not earlier than 3:00 p.m. on the day before the scheduled collection, and shall be removed on or before 9:00 a.m. the day after the collection is made. No container shall be placed so as to constitute a nuisance to adjacent property or to the occupants thereof.

Please, if you have questions please call the village office at (815) 827-3309.

New Trustees

On May 7, 2019, the Village of Maple Park swore in three new trustees. Please welcome Jen Ward, Suzanne Fahnestock, and Chris Rebone.

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Jen Ward being sworn in on 5-7-19

Chris Rebone being sworn in 5-7-19

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Suzanne Fahnestock being sworn in 5-7-19.


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Vehicle stickers in Maple Park are $25 per vehicle, if purchased by May 31, 2019. After June 1, 2019, vehicle stickers will go up to $35 per vehicle. Don’t get caught having to pay a late fee.Golf Cart Clip Art - Blue


Golf cart stickers are $15, if purchased by May 31, 2019.
After June 1, the cost is $25.