Wheaton Weekly

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Drive Merry, Bright and Sober This Holiday Season

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System, 839 people lost their lives in traffic crashes involving a drunk driver last December. Throughout the 2018 Christmas and New Year’s holidays alone, there were 285 drunk driving-related fatalities – more than any other time that year. 

The Wheaton Police Department will participate in a national enforcement campaign to crack down on impaired and unbuckled drivers now through Jan. 2. Keep these tips in mind to help ensure a safe and joyful holiday season:

  • Before you head to the party, designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation or a ride-sharing service to get home safely. 
  • If you see an impaired driver on the road, pull over and call 9-1-1. 
  • Have a friend who is about to drive impaired? Take their keys and help them get home safely.
  • Always buckle up!

Garbage/Recycling Pickup Holiday Schedule

Due to the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, Lakeshore Recycling Systems pickups will be one day later than usual for Thursday and Friday routes during the weeks of Dec. 23 and Dec. 30.

City Hall

City Offices Closed

Non-emergency City of Wheaton offices will be closed on Wednesday, Dec. 25 and Wednesday, Jan. 1. Offices will reopen on Dec. 26 and Jan. 2.

Adult Recreational-Use Cannabis Becomes Legal in Illinois Jan. 1

A new state law makes it legal, subject to important limitations, for adults age 21 and older to purchase cannabis for recreational use in Illinois starting on Jan. 1, 2020. There are some important things you need to know as this change in state law becomes effective: 

  • Buying or selling cannabis in Wheaton continues to be prohibited. 
  • The new state law does restrict where adults can use cannabis and the amount an individual can possess at one time.
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol will not be tolerated. Police will continue to enforce impaired driving offenses.

Please see the City’s website for important information on the new law, and watch this video with the Wheaton Police Department explaining some of the important considerations under the new law.

Holiday Light Recycling

Holiday Light Recycling Available

Wheaton’s holiday light recycling program is back. From Nov. 23, 2019, through Jan. 13, 2020, bring strands of incandescent or LED lights in any condition to the Public Works Storage Facility at 820 W. Liberty Drive between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays. Look for signs directing you to the holiday light recycling area just inside the gate. 

This program is for light strings only. Please do not drop off lawn ornaments or other decorations, and do not put lights in a bag or box. Elgin Recycling, www.elginrecycling.com, will collect the lights, which will then be stripped and recycled for their copper and plastic parts. No materials will be shipped overseas. 

In addition to residents, the City also welcomes businesses, schools and other organizations wanting to dispose of holiday lights to participate in the program. There is no limit as to how many lights you can drop off for recycling.

City of Wheaton Videos

Wheaton Insider: Adult-Use Cannabis Laws
Talk About Choices: Cheryl Daugvila

Avanti Guitar Trio: Wheaton Library Concert

Upcoming Meetings

There are no meetings scheduled for this week. 

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