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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Get a rain barrel for half price ahead of Earth Day

The Village of Oswego’s ECO Commission, Upcycle Products and the Illinois Conservation Foundation have partnered to offer Oswego residents the opportunity to buy rain barrels for about half their retail price.

Rain barrels collect rain runoff from roofs and gutters and store it for later use on gardens and lawns. In addition to saving our community’s precious water resources and reducing water bills, rain barrels are often beneficial to gardens because rain water can be softer and have fewer minerals in it than ground water.

A portion of proceeds from rain barrels purchased through the Village’s partnership with Upcycle Products also benefit The Conservation Foundation, which is responsible for conservation projects across Oswego and the region. Local projects have included rain gardens, native plantings, and watershed protection plans.

Rain barrels cost between $55 and $60, about half the price of similar models purchased on Amazon. They are made from food-grade upcycled materials, including former pickling containers, and specially washed clean for garden use.

Residents may purchase barrels online by April 17 at, for pick-up at the April 21 ECO Earth Day event. Home delivery is also available throughout the year for an additional $5.

For more information, visit contact Upcycle directly at 815-735-9583.

ComEd to perform tree-trimming throughout Oswego

The Village of Oswego would like to remind residents that ComEd will be trimming trees and other vegetation throughout the community over the next three months.

Trees and branches that interfere with power lines can create safety hazards and cause power outages. Preventative tree maintenance helps avoid power outages.

Within the next three months, a contractor for ComEd will trim trees, branches and vines that interfere or have the potential to interfere with power lines. In some cases, tree removal may be required. In those cases, the remaining tree stumps are treated with an approved herbicide is applied by state-licensed applicators to prevent future regrowth. All work is performed by trained, qualified arborists.

Residents are also reminded as they begin landscaping this spring to carefully consider where to locate certain trees. Trees that grow larger than 20 feet tall, such as maples and spruces, should never be planted under or near power lines. Smaller trees, such as dogwoods and crabapples may be appropriate. For more information about trees and power lines, visit, or call 1-800-Edison-1 (1-800-334-7661) and ask to speak to a Vegetation Management representative.

 The Village of Oswego also has an arborist on staff who can answer questions related to selecting appropriate trees. For tree-related questions, contact the Public Works Department at 630-554-3242 or visit­­­

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