Local environmental news and happenings for DuPage County.
December 2019
Young minds need books and art supplies to spark imagination and deepen creativity, but sadly, countless learning materials end up in the trash every year. We aim to ensure every student has the tools they need to succeed by keeping valuable supplies out of the landfill and getting them to where they belong: in the hands of children. Help literacy, creativity, and our planet thrive - make a tax-deductible donation today!
The 6th annual Pumpkin Smash on November 2nd featured 51 locations across the country helping communities to green their Halloween. Check out more fun photos and our environmental benefit.
York High School volunteers at the Pumpkin Smash in Elmhurst, IL.
Tons of thanks go out to all the organizations that made the Pumpkin Smash a success in their communities! Plus the communities expand access to cooking oil recycling and food scrap composting.
Bartlett's Pumpkin Smash, one of 47 locations in Illinois.
Milton Township Road District began collecting cooking oil for recycling.
Clarendon Hills and Hinsdale now both offer curbside food scrap composting programs.
313 gallons of cooking oil were collected for recycling after Thanksgiving at just 3 locations!
Holiday shopping can be stressful so we've put together a list of ideas to make it easier on you and the planet. Check out our list of ideas to get started.
DuPage County recently expanded their list of items accepted at electronic recycling sites. In addition to electronics, a select number of locations will also be accepting used clothing and textiles for recycling. The locations currently accepting textiles include Burr Ridge, Bloomingdale Township, and the City of Wheaton.
We will be collecting coats for donation to local shelters as well as matching sets of mittens/gloves, and winter hats and ear muffs. Items must be clean and in like-new to gently-used condition. Drop-off during out business hours only.
This informative seminar sponsored by PowerForward DuPage and Cool DuPage will provide commercial property owners and developers with an overview of the recently approved C-PACE funding program in DuPage County - how it works and why it is a tremendous financing tool. More info here.
Are you trying to downsize and declutter your home or that of a family or friend? Join SCARCE to learn how to minimize your impact on the planet while minimizing your possessions. Two sessions offered. Registration required.
Holiday Closings
We will be closed the following dates over the winter holidays:
  • Tue, Dec 24-Thurs, Dec 26
  • Sat, Dec 28
  • Tue, Dec 31-Wed, Jan 1
Recycling Events
Environmental Events -  Mark Your Calendar!
SCARCE is participating in or hosting events in green.
Used Book & Record Sale  @ SCARCE 9am-12pm every Tues & Fri and select Saturdays
Thank You to Businesse s
A special thank you to businesses who donated supplies to our  Rescue Projects  this month!
  • Carlson Paint & Glass - Wheaton
  • Domtar - Addison
  • Whole Foods - Wheaton
We are grateful for our November volunteers!
----- Apple - Oak Brook
----- Benedictine University - Lisle
----- Benet Academy - Lisle
----- Cantigny Park - Wheaton
----- College of DuPage - Glen Ellyn
----- Elmhurst College
----- Glenbard West High School - Glen Ellyn
----- Glen Crest Middle School Builders Club - Glen Ellyn
----- Glen Oaks Therapeutic Day School - Glen Ellyn
----- HAVI - Downers Grove
----- North Central College - Naperville
----- Roosevelt University - Chicago
----- St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church - Naperville
----- Waubonsie Valley High School - Aurora
----- West Chicago Community High School
----- Wheaton College
----- Wheaton Warrenville South High School - Wheaton
St.Margaret Mary Parish volunteered for their day of service.
On-going Volunteer Opportunities
  • SCARCE Book Rescue Mon-Fri 9am-4:30pm. 
  • Lisle & Wheaton Electronics Recycling: Saturdays (Age 14+)
Our book rescue couldn't function without these amazing individuals that dedicate their time each week to sorting, stocking, and organizing your donations!

If you see them when you visit, give them a high-five!
Al - Andrea - Bonnie - Cindy - Davina - Diane - Denny - Gary - Gayle - Glenn - Greg - Gregg - Jane - Janice - Jen - Jill - Jim - John P. - John G. - Joyce - Karen - Kath - Kathy - Linda - Marcy - Marilyn - Mary Lynn - Maureen - Nancy - Penny - Sharon - Susan - Tip
Helpful Links
Green Bulletin | SCARCE | 630.545.9710 | [email protected] | www.scarce.org
This newsletter was created by SCARCE and funded by the DuPage County Board, Daniel Cronin, Chairman, the DuPage County Environmental Committee, Liz Chaplin, Chair, and the DuPage County Stormwater Committee, James Zay, Chair.
Kay McKeen, founder & director
Jan Breyne, Laura Fanning, Lauren Favia, Heather Goudreau, Carrie Horak,
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.