Local environmental news and happenings for DuPage County.

August 2023


ABC's of Smart Recycling

S is for Sneaky Surprises

We've gotten all the way to Letter S and you are a smart recycler, for sure. But there are a few sneaky surprises you should know about before you close the lid on your blue bin.

This month's post covers what to watch for when sorting your recycling.

Letter S is for Sneaky Stuff to Avoid

August is National Water Quality Month!

"All the water that every was, or ever will be is right here on earth. We are the custodians."

Learn how far we've come and what more YOU can do to help protect our waterways. Check out the National Water Quality Month website for small and large suggestions, as well as the fascinating history of water conservation.

Solar Power Hour at SCARCE

Tuesday, August 15 6:30pm

Join the solar community!

Experts will provide education about solar energy and group purchasing programs.

Register today.

Get Outside in August

Looking for a green way to celebrate the last of summer?

Watch for pollinators and meteors!

Protect our Dark Skies so you can watch the Perseid Meteor Showers. August 12-13 are the peak nights.

Did you know pollinators are out both day and night? Enjoy a sweet National Honey Bee Awareness Day Saturday, August 19 and International Bat Night Tuesday, August 29.

Do You Know a Teacher?

Remind them to visit SCARCE This Month

SCARCE has all kinds of low cost supplies for teachers. From crayons and pens to science equipment and colorful posters, SCARCE can help teachers prepare classrooms, stock reading nooks, and take care of their students for a small donation. ($5.00 per box of materials.) New teachers LOVE us!

All types of educators welcome--including those at public and private schools as well as nonprofit organizations. We'll help them get the year off to a GREAT start!

SCARCE is Having a Birthday Party!

Save the date and celebrate with us!

Thursday, September 21


We'll have drinks, cake, and music, so join us to celebrate our accomplishments and sustain our community and our planet for years to come!

Details here.


Businesses around the world are working on developing green solutions to power and climate challenges. Check out these innovators!

Maersk, a Danish shipping and logistics company, launched their first green methanol container ship last June.

Traveling from Korea to Copenhagen, the ship arrives at its destination in September, demonstrating a new method for decarbonizing the shipping industry.

Their slogan "All the Way to Zero!" sounds good to us!

Learn more about Maersk's efforts to decarbonize shipping here.

Green City Solutions, a German company, uses moss to create filters that clean and cool city air. So far filters have been installed across the EU and England.

Read more in a recent article by Forbes.


Illinois to Offer Paint Recycling

The recently passed legislation will offer free paint recycling and create recycling sector jobs while reducing the financial burden on local governments of managing millions of gallons of paint waste. 

“Consumers will now have the opportunity to declutter their homes of old paint and feel confident that their waste is being recycled and disposed of in an environmentally sustainable way,” says bill sponsor, Illinois State Senator Linda Holmes.

The program is expected to go into effect in 2025.

Saturday Recycling Events

August 12

Wheaton Monthly Recycling Event 9am-noon

September 9

Roselle Recycles 8:30am-noon

September 9

Wheaton Monthly Recycling Event 9am-noon

September 23

Westmont Electronics and More Recycling Event 8am-noon

September 23

Hanover Park Recycles! 9am-noon

September 30

Winfield Township Recycling Extravaganza (West Chicago) 9am-noon

View full list of recycling events

Lisle Township Establishes New Collection Program

Lisle Township is now accepting a variety of household items Monday-Friday between 9am-4pm at 4711 Indiana Avenue in Lisle. Items accepted include electronics, textiles, books, bikes, metal, holiday lights, school and office supplies, smoke detectors, hearing aids, eyeglasses, and musical instruments.

See flyer for details.

Look Out! Pumpkin Smash is Coming!

Pumpkin Smash is just around the corner. But don't be scared!

All you need to do is contact us for more information about how to start a Smash at your school, church or business and turn old pumpkins into compost.

Don't trash those pumpkins! SMASH 'em!

Find out how you can help! Email us at info@scarce.org

Environmental Events - Mark Your Calendar!

Aug 1-31

DuPage County Forest Preserve Tree & Shrub Sale

Thursday, Aug 10

DuPage Co. Stormwater Management "Lunch & Learn" Zoom 12-1pm

Topic:Climate Change's Influence on Upper Midwest Aquatic Systems

Friday, Aug 11

Fix-It Friday Sewing Class at the Naper Settlement 8:30-10:00am

Tuesday, Aug 15

Solar Power Hour at SCARCE 6:30-7:30pm

Thursday, Aug 31

Solar Power Hour at McDonald Farm (Naperville) 6:00-7:30pm

Thursday, Sep 21

SCARCE Birthday Party 4:00-6:30pm

Sep 25-29

Stormwater Awareness week


Sat, Sep 2 - Mon, Sep 4

for the Labor Day weekend

Enjoy your holiday!

Regular Hours for Reuse Center and

SCARCE-LY USED Books & Records

Monday-Friday 9am-4:30pm

Saturdays 9am-12pm

Donation Hours

Tuesday-Friday 9am-2pm

*For 5 or more boxes, call to make an appointment

Thank You to Businesses

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

  • Blooming Color (Lombard)
  • Domtar (Addison)
  • Ryan Shreve, Revo Wired Webservices
  • Whole Foods (Wheaton)

Join Our Team!

This is our busy season for accepting donations and assisting teachers in our Reuse Center. If you are looking to protect the planet, help people in need, or repurpose valuable materials, consider volunteering at SCARCE. Contact rose@scarce.org and get ready to dig right in to an exciting project!

Register to Volunteer
Helpful Links
Green Bulletin | SCARCE | 630.545.9710 | info@scarce.org | www.scarce.org
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This newsletter was created by SCARCE and funded by
the DuPage County Board, Deborah Conroy, Chair,
the DuPage County Environmental Committee, Sheila Rutledge, Chair,
and the DuPage County Stormwater Committee, James Zay, Chair.


Kay McKeen, Founder & Director

Rachel Carlson, Heather Goudreau, Bev Jaszczurowski, Jean Kent,

Emily King, Rose Naseef, Caroline Prichard, 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.