Stay in the know with local environmental news and happenings for DuPage County.
Green Bulletin
December 2018
Thursday, Dec 6th, 1pm-7pm - Free
You're invited to SCARCE's annual open house! Pick up a friend and carpool over for a behind-the-scenes look at our operations. Learn more about our rescue projects, recycling programs, and educational offerings while enjoying light refreshments and chatting with like-minded SCARCE supporters.

Plus, get extra shopping time at our Used Book & Record Sale - rarely open during the evening. A great opportunity to find gifts for the music fan or bibliophile in your life at a bargain!
Each year SCARCE is privileged to help thousands of teachers and students get the books and supplies they need while diverting tons of materials from going into landfills. We need your support to continue our efforts to care for people and the planet. Whether it's $5 or $500 your donation makes a difference. Make your tax-deductible donation here.
More Ways to Support SCARCE
You can give back while you shop this holiday season!

  • Select SCARCE as your Amazon Smile charity to donate a portion of your purchases to our programs.
  • Shop SCARCE's Used Book & Record Sale on Tuesday and Friday mornings and select Saturdays. Find great reads and vinyl treasures for the book or music aficionados on your list.
Kudos this month go out to Pumpkin Smash hosts and volunteers across northern Illinois, NOW Foods eco-certifying more sites, local towns providing extra options for cooking oil recycling, and students in District 93 advocating for clean water with a video about their storm drain service project.
Pumpkin Smashers helped residents green their Halloween
NOW Foods earned the Earth Flag at two locations.
CCSD93 students installing medallions.
Don't toss those old light strands - recycle them! There are dozens of locations across DuPage County and the Chicagoland area thanks to Elgin Recycling. Check out list to find a location near you.
The Nov 3rd Pumpkin Smash composted
over 90 tons of pumpkins!
DuPage County Received 2018 Illinois Sustainability Award
DuPage County was one of 27 organizations in Illinois that received the award for it's significant achievements in protecting the environment, helping sustain the future, and improving the economy. The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center administers the awards, which are presented to organizations in Illinois that have demonstrated a commitment to environmental excellence through outstanding and innovative sustainability practices. Read more about the award here.

Over 220 gallons of used cooking oil was collected for recycling over Thanksgiving weekend at pop-up locations alone.
Eco-Friendly Snow & Ice Removal
Winter seems here to stay already. Check out the tips in the video above from DuPage County on how to properly use ice melt for slick-free surfaces and healthy waterways. Hint: go light on the salt! Check out more tips in our post from last year.
County Partners with Elmhurst Schools for Cool Yule - Open to the Public
The holiday season is upon us and Cool DuPage in conjunction with the Conrad Fischer and Emerson Elementary Schools in Elmhurst is decking the halls of the DuPage County 421 Building! In an effort to work on waste reduction, reuse and sustainability awareness during the holidays, students were encouraged to create ornaments or other decorations out of used and recycled materials. These decorations will be displayed on the tree and around the atrium of the 421 building from November 21st - December 30th, which is open to the public Monday-Friday from 8am-4:30pm. Was your imagination sparked? Consider partnering with Cool DuPage next year.
Annual Recycling Check-Up
Recycling can be confusing - it can even be a little tricky for us experts to keep up. Check out the resources below to make sure you're up-to-date.

  • Online Curbside Recycling Guide: Check out this helpful resource from the Illinois EPA to hone your basic recycling skills.
  • Holiday Recycling Wrap-Up: Need a crash course in what you can and can't recycle when it comes to all the extra stuff around from the holidays? Get a refresher so you can recycle right!
Are you considering a project at home or work that could help improve local water quality? Apply for funds for projects such as permeable pavers, native plant gardens, streambank stabilization, green roofs, and more. Applications due Jan 11th, 2019
Holiday Hours
Holidays are coming up! SCARCE will be open regular hours except for the following dates.

We will be CLOSED....
  • Monday, Dec 10
  • Saturday, Dec 22 - Wednesday, Dec 26
  • Saturday, Dec 29 - Tuesday, Jan 1

You can also view our calendar or contact us page for our Saturday and holiday hours.
Recycling Events
Fall recycling events have wrapped up! Stay tuned for the Spring 2018 season.
Environmental Events -  Mark Your Calendar!
SCARCE is participating in or hosting events in green.

SCARCE  Used Book & Record Sale  every Tues & Fri 9am-12pm and select Saturdays
Thank You to Businesses
A special thank you to businesses who donated supplies to our  Rescue Projects  this month!

  • American Family Insurance - Chicago
  • Cawley Chicago Real Estate
  • CH Robinson Corporation - Wood Dale
  • Reader Link - Plainfield
  • Renee's Chocolate - Glen Ellyn
  • Spacial Point - Des Plaines
  • TPE Enterprises - Glen Ellyn
  • Ware Malcomb - Oak Brook
  • Whole Foods - Wheaton
  • Wine Surgi Insurance - Naperville
Special THANK YOU to our November Volunteers

----- College of DuPage - Glen Ellyn
----- Glen Oaks Therapeutic Day School - Glendale Heights
----- Glenbard South High School Key Club -Lombard
----- Glenbard West High School - Glen Ellyn
----- Lisle High School Ecology Club
----- Med-IQ
----- St. Margaret Mary Parish - Naperville
----- St. Matthew Parish School - Glendale Heights
----- Wheaton Warrenville South High School
----- Volunteers D

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

  • SCARCE Saturday, Dec 8th
  • Earn service hours over winter break! 9am-4:30pm 12/27, 12/28, 01/02-01/04

On-going Volunteer Opportunities

  • SCARCE Book Rescue Mon-Fri 9am-4:30pm. 
  • Lisle & Wheaton Electronics Recycling: Saturdays (Age 14+)
Helpful Links
Green Bulletin | SCARCE | 630.545.9710 | [email protected] |
This newsletter was created by SCARCE and funded by the DuPage County Board,
Daniel Cronin, Chairman,
the DuPage County Environmental Committee, Amy Grant, Chair,
and the DuPage County Stormwater Committee, James Zay, Chair.
Kay McKeen, founder & director
Laura Fanning, Lauren Favia, Heather Goudreau,
Carrie Horak, Kaitlyn Hornik, Bev Jaszczurowski,
Erin Kennedy, Jean Kent, & Rose Naseef
Environmental education programs are operated by SCARCE
( S chool & C ommunity A ssistance for R ecycling and C omposting E ducation)
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.