Yard and Garden Waste Drop-Off

Commissioner James Less announces the City of Ottawa will open the 2019 Yard and Garden Waste Drop-Off beginning Monday, April 1, 2019.

Ottawa residents may bring leaves, small twigs/branches (2″ in diameter or less), garden waste and vegetation to the dumpsters located in the 400 block of West Jackson Street near the railroad tracks at Walnut Street.

THE FOLLOWING RULES APPLY TO THIS PROGRAM

* Dumping will be allowed seven days a week, DAWN TO DUSK ONLY.

* Residents MUST perform their own unloading.

* Biodegradable paper bags ARE ALLOWED.

* NO plastic bags, lumber, metal, newspapers or garbage of any kind is allowed.

* NO commercial lawn or landscaping business is allowed to use this site.

* When dumpsters are full, DO NOT leave items loose on the ground. You may return with items after dumpsters have been emptied. As a suggestion, residents are advised to check the status of the dumpsters prior to loading vehicles and driving to the drop-off site.

This site is under 24-hour video surveillance.

THE SUCCESS AND CONTINUATION OF THIS PROGRAM DEPENDS ON THE PUBLIC’S COOPERATION. VIOLATORS MAY BE REPORTED TO THE OTTAWA POLICE DEPARTMENT AT 815-433-2131 FOR CITATION.

Anna Mattes Memorial Garden Fund Established

The late Anna Mattes loved gardening and played a major role in the beautification of Ottawa.  She was a founding member of the Ottawa Garden Club and a University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener.

Anna worked especially hard for many years to maintain the natural beauty of Washington Park, the site of the first Lincoln-Douglas Debate in 1858 and a National Historic District.

Mayor Eschbach remembers, “Anna had a beautiful vision for Ottawa and she spent much of her lifetime working to make Ottawa a special place full of beautiful flowers, plants and trees.  I especially remember and value her hard work and leadership in beautifying Washington Square.  We all deeply miss her.”

Anna’s many friends and those who appreciated her work to make Ottawa a beautiful place are creating Anna’s Fund, a memorial fund which will be used to support significant Ottawa gardening projects.  In recognition of Anna’s special interest in Washington Park, the first project supported by Anna’s Fund will be the renovation this Spring of the gardens around the Lincoln-Douglas statues and fountain in the center of Washington Square.  While the planning of these redone garden areas is still underway, it is expected that at least one of the garden areas will have a pollinator theme, reflecting Anna’s interest in building habitat designed to encourage the Monarch Butterfly.

Those wishing to contribute to Anna’s Fund may do so by making their checks payable to the “City of Ottawa”, writing “Anna’s Fund” in the memo section of their checks and sending their donation to the Ottawa City Hall, 301 West Madison Street, Ottawa, IL  61350.