Local environmental news and happenings for DuPage County.
August 2022
SCARCE Celebrates 32 Years!
Happy birthday to SCARCE!
Help us celebrate 32 years of environmental education and recycling efforts - join a workshop, share a post, or just stop in and say hello. Save the date for our Open House on Saturday, September 17, which is a great way to see our work up close.

ABC's of Recycling: H for H-H-W
What's Too Toxic to Trash?
This month's ABC's starts with 2 H's: Household Hazardous Waste.
What is it? Why is it so bad? And where does it go? Get some answers and learn how to protect our water and soil.

Read this month's ABC's of Smart Recycling.
IMPORTANT NOTE about the Naperville Household hazardous waste facility:

Due to a fire at an Illinois EPA’s waste processing plan, Naperville’s facility CANNOT currently accept the following items: pesticides, fertilizers, aerosol cans, asbestos materials, batteries (marine, sump pump and non-alkaline), household cleaners, drain openers, pool chemicals, and unknown hazardous substances.

A full list of what is/is not accepted is available at www.naperville.il.us/hhw. Please check the list before bringing items to the facility, which may see increased wait times due to these changes. Questions? Call 630-420-6095.
SCARCE Takes STEM-A-PALOOZA to the DuPage County Fair
People of all ages had fun learning about recycling, composting, and protecting our watersheds.
A great time was had by all!
Making it rain!
Recycling paper
Thinking Fall Lawn Treatments?
Take Care of Our Lightning Bugs
Having your lawn treated this fall? Blowing away all the leaves? Consider the impact of your yard maintenance on one of summer's most de-LIGHT-ful insects. Fireflies need damp, leafy areas to survive. Currently endangered by pesticides and a loss of habitat, fireflies need your help. Make your yard or local park a place that's welcoming to fireflies.

Read more about how to help here and here.
Spread the Word
SCARCE has supplies for teachers!

Our Reuse Center has books, school supplies, science equipment, bulletin boards, and tons of items to help teachers set up their classrooms. Please tell your friends and family about our resources for educators. Visit our website to see who is eligible to get supplies.
Literacy at the Laundromat is Growing
Three new towns have joined our "Literacy at the Laundromat" project. Laundromats in Bensenville, Villa Park, and Lombard now feature a cheerful, two-shelf, solid wood bookcase filled with books that patrons can take home.

With help from volunteers, these mini, free-libraries are stocked with books from SCARCE. You can support a laundromat library by donating funds, books, and 2 shelf bookcases or by volunteering to stock library shelves.

We need books in multiple languages too!
From Polish to Spanish, Tagalog to Urdu, children's books are especially needed.

To learn how you can help with this project, contact kay@scarce.org.
SCARCE Donates items to Ukraine

SCARCE thanks the Addison Fire Protection District for donating an ambulance to Ukraine and allowing SCARCE to fill it with games, toys, and school supplies. In partnership with Danielle Cares for Chairs, SCARCE was also able to provide a child-sized wheelchair. We are always grateful for the opportunity to help people near and far.

If you zoom in on the ambulance, you can see messages of support for the people of Ukraine.
Plan ahead for Plant a Tree Day
New trees are needed more than ever -- to replace those lost in forest fires, to keep us cool during hot summers and to absorb carbon from our air.

September 28 is the official Plant a Tree Day. Fall is a great time to plant trees and give them time to root in over the winter. Where could you add a tree?
Recycling Events
Composting Workshops at SCARCE!
We can help you start, or fine-tune, your compost practices.
Saturday, September 10 from 10:00-11:30am
Tuesday, September 13 from 6:30-8:00pm
Environmental Events
August 10
SCARCE-LY USED Books & Records @ SCARCE Mon-Fri 9am-4:30pm, Sat 9am-12pm

Tuesday, August 9th is Book Lovers Day -- a great day to visit our book store!
SCARCE and SCARCE-LY USED will be CLOSED Sep 3 - Sep 5 for the Labor Day holiday.
Look out! Pumpkin Smash is Coming
Want to join the fun AND do something good for the environment while teaching about the benefits of composting? Host a Pumpkin Smash event in YOUR area! Schools, churches and park districts are great locations for a smash event.

Contact erin@scarce.org to find out how you can host or help with a Smash.
Thank You to Businesses

A special thank you to these businesses who donated services and/or supplies to our Rescue Projects this month!

  • HazChem, Addison
  • The RoomPlace, Lombard
  • Ryan Shreve, Revo Wired Webservices
  • Whole Cubes, Addison
  • Whole Foods, Wheaton
THANK YOU to our STEM-A-PALOOZA volunteers.

You helped make this year's event a success!
On-going Volunteer Opportunities

  • SCARCE Reuse Center (Addison) Mon-Fri - morning and afternoon shifts available
  • Wheaton Monthly Recycling Events: 2nd Saturday of the month

Join the SCARCE team today!
Helpful Links
Green Bulletin | SCARCE | 630.545.9710 | info@scarce.org | www.scarce.org
This newsletter was created by SCARCE and funded by the DuPage County Board, Daniel Cronin, Chairman, the DuPage County Environmental Committee, Sheila Rutledge, Chair, and the DuPage County Stormwater Committee, James Zay, Chair.
Kay McKeen, founder & director
Jan Breyne, Rachel Carlson, Jasmine Flores, Heather Goudreau, Bev Jaszczurowski,
Erin Kennedy, Jean Kent, Rose Naseef, Carina Ruscitti & Julie Wachowski
Environmental education programs are operated by SCARCE
(School & Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education)
This newsletter is part of the Teacher Training Program funded by DuPage County.
Our Professional Development Provider Number: 190000000000000
The mention of a specific product or company is not an endorsement by DuPage County's Environmental Education Program.