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Green Bulletin
January 2019
Recycling can be very confusing. Help your patrons learn the do's and don'ts with our interactive exhibit that demystifies how to recycle or safely dispose of items around the home.

The "Where is Away?" exhibit is currently available for loan to libraries that serve DuPage County residents. Learn more.
Fitting for the season of giving, December was a busy month for SCARCE and our resource center. Check out the relief efforts we supported and landfill diversion efforts we lead this past month.
Wed, Jan 23rd @ 7pm
Learn how to cut the amount of waste you create with simple tips and tricks. No matter where you are in the journey to reduce your environmental impact, you're certain to get a few new ideas with this program. Registration required.
As of January 1, 2019, the type of items accepted for recycling at DuPage County sponsored electronic recycling locations will change. These changes are a result of the implementation of the amended Consumer Electronics Recycling Act. All County sites will collect 17 electronic devices and associated parts. Standard fees will continue to be in place for TVs and monitors. All other electronics will be collected free of charge. To review a list of acceptable items please visit
Check out how much solar potential your rooftop has with this free calculator from ComEd. It provides a report that includes info on potential cost, generation capacity, incentives and more.
Are you the parent of a high school student in DuPage County? Check out this FREE annual STEAM event that gives students hands-on education and career exploration opportunities unrivaled in the classroom.
SCARCE is looking for sponsors to get involved in the Sustainable Design Challenge. If you are a design professional in the field of engineering, architecture, landscape or interior design, we want you!
Help Us Restock our Children's Book Shelves!
After a busy December full of relief projects, our children's reading book supplies are drained! Help us restock our shelves with gently-used reading books for children up through middle school chapter books.

Don't forget to box your donations and schedule an appointment for donations of 5+ boxes. Thank you!
Tidy up the most sustainable way after the holidays includes info on what to do with your live tree, wreaths and garlands, and holiday lights.
This guide has simple steps for restaurants and eateries to reduce their plastic use while helping the bottom line. It also includes success stories from several businesses.
Recycling is a global business. Perhaps you've heard some about China's restrictions on importing recyclables. Check out this timeline to get an in-depth education on the changes taking place. Also check out how recycling is changing in state-by-state as a result.
Check out this summary from Grist based off the recently released National Climate Assessment to see how each region of the US is predicted to be impacted by climate change.
If you are in Chicago or live near the southwest side of the city, check out this opportunity to donate school, art and craft materials to Chicago teachers. Follow the link for a list of needed items.
Recycling Events
Fall recycling events have wrapped up! Stay tuned for the Spring 2019 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!

  • Domtar - Addison
  • DuPage Credit Union - Naperville
  • Keson Industries - Aurora
  • Liberty Mutual
  • UPS - Addison
  • West Suburban Speech Clinic - Oak Brook
  • Whole Foods - Wheaton
Special THANK YOU to our December Volunteers

----- Benet Academy
----- Boy Scouts of America Pathway to Adventure Council
----- Cantigny Park
----- College of DuPage
----- Downers Grove North High School
----- Glen Oaks Therapeutic Day School
----- Glenbard West High School
----- Hinsdale Central High School
----- Islamic Foundation School
----- Lisle High School Ecology Club
----- Ulta Beauty Corporate IT
Ulta Beauty's Corporate IT Department helped SCARCE with all sorts of recycling projects in December.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

  • SCARCE Book Rescue Sat 01/12 9am-12pm
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day @ SCARCE Mon 01/21 9am-4:30pm

On-going Volunteer Opportunities

  • SCARCE Book Rescue Mon-Fri 9am-4:30pm. 
  • Lisle & Wheaton Electronics Recycling: Saturdays (Age 14+)
Helpful Links
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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
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.