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Green Bulletin
June 2018

The Green Fair is  free and provides fun and learning for all-ages. Come out and browse a variety of sustainable retailers, learn about eco-friendly topics in a mini-workshop, get crafty with upcycled materials and more!

Add some environmental altruism to your summer workout routine with this new fitness trend sweeping the globe that combines jogging with litter clean-up.

Wow what a month for eco-achievements! The Wheaton Park District - along with six schools - earned a flag for their actions for the environment. Monroe Elementary in Hinsdale was honored as a 2018 U.S. Green Ribbon School.
Latex Paint & Foam Block Recycling

DuPage County will again be hosting a latex paint and block foam recycling program this summer! The programs will be held at the Woodridge Greene Valley Wastewater Treatment Facility off of Rt 53 from June 25th- August 4th. Recycled paint will be available starting June 30th. Hours are Monday-Saturday 8am-2pm. For more details visit 

This summer, the Glen Ellyn Public Library and SCARCE are partnering up for the summer reading program! SCARCE is providing engaging eco-themed programs for all ages and a Rain Barrels on Parade display at the library throughout the summer. If readers meet the summer reading goal, the library will donate $2000 in books for SCARCE to distribute to kids in need.

Upcoming programs:

Spring and summer rainstorms can cause flooding problems. Download the Guide to Preventing and Repairing Flood Damage from DuPage County Stormwater Management to help identify sources of flooding and get tips to combat it.

Did you miss the compost sale at our May 5th garden market? You're in luck!  A limited supply of compost is available at SCARCE M-F 9-4:30pm. Cost $5 for 5 gallons or $20 for 32 gallons. BYO Container. Give us a call at 630-545-9710 to make sure it's still available.  Get yours to naturally fertilize your lawn, garden and flowers pots.

Do you have a flag you need to retire? Review our post from last summer to make sure you dispose of your flag respectfully and responsibly.

Is your home a healthy space? Reducing lead and chemicals in your home is as simple as taking off your shoes! A no-shoe policy combined with doormats near each entrance can reduce lead and chemicals indoors by as much as 60%.

Help underprivileged children in DuPage County be prepared to go back to school. Volunteer with SCARCE to help children select books to take home.

Summer is our resource center's busiest season! Volunteers should be able to lift and be comfortable standing for long periods. 

A great opportunity for students to earn summer service hours or build up a resume. Teachers or non-profit employees: volunteer and get first dibs on books and supplies for your programs.

Local electronics dealer Abt offers an online and in-person trade-in program for unwanted electronics. Recycle and earn money towards your next electronics purchase.

This year, both Earth Day (April 22) and World Environment Day (June 5) are focused on the plastic pollution plaguing our planet.  You can help beat plastic pollution by pledging to avoid or reduce your use of disposable plastic this July. 
Recycling Events

June 2  West Chicago Paper Shredding
June 9  Shred 4 Rescues
June 22  Drive, Drop & Donate Electronics Recycling & Shred Event
Aug 18  Wayne Township Recycling Extravaganza
Sept 8  Roselle Recycles Recycling Extravaganza
Sept 15  Green Fair Recycling Extravaganza
Sept 22  Lombard Recycling Extravaganza
Sept 29  Winfield Township Recycling Extravaganza
Environmental Events - Mark Your Calendar!
SCARCE is participating in or hosting events in green.
June 2   West Cook Wild Ones Native Plant Sale
June 2  Garden Pot Recycling at Morton Arboretum
June 3  Climate Justice Workshop
June 5  World Environment Day
June 6
June 7
June 7
June 14  Wood Dale Public Works Open House
June 18-24  National Pollinator Week
June 25  Seasonal Latex Paint & Foam Recycling Begins
June 28  Family Bingo Night: Natural Resource Bingo at GEPL
July 1  Plastic Free July Challenge starts 

 Earth Overshoot Day - exact date TBA June 5th
Aug 1  Volunteer: Back-to-School Fair
Aug 24-25  SCARCE Garage Sale - open to the public!
Sept 15  SCARCE Green Fair


SCARCE Used Book & Record Sale every Tues & Fri 9am-12pm and select Saturdays
Thank You Businesses
A special thank you to businesses who donated supplies to our Rescue Projects this month!
  • Blazek Home Improvement - Downers Grove
  • Elkay Manufacturing - Oak Brook
  • FSI Technologies Inc - Lombard
  • Invesco - Downers Grove
  • McDonalds - Chicago
  • PaoBu - Lake Forest
  • Prince Industries - Carol Stream
  • Repeat Boutique - Wheaton
  • Weichert
  • Whole Foods - Wheaton
Special THANK YOU to our May Volunteers

College of DuPage
Fox Valley Special Recreation Association
Glen Oaks Therapeutic Day School
Lisle High School
Lyons Township High School
Metea Valley High School
MyDay Adult Program
St James the Apostle
United Methodist Women
Wheaton Warrenville South High School
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities
  • SCARCE Book Rescue Mon-Fri 9am-4:30pm. We need volunteers that can lift!
  • Lisle & Wheaton Electronics Recycling: Saturdays (Age 14+)
Helpful Links

Support SCARCE with your online purchases 
Join efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Recycling Guide, Trails Systems, and more!
Report stormwater issues online.
Be a part of this initiative!


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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, Amy Grant
and DuPage County Stormwater Committee, James Zay, Chair.

Kay McKeen, Founder & Director
Heather Goudreau,  Carrie Horak,  Kaitlyn Hornik, 
Bev Jaszczurowski,  Erin Kennedy, 
Jean Kent, & Rose Naseef 

Environmental Education Programs are operated by SCARCE
School & 
Assistance for 
Recycling and  
This newsletter is part of the Teacher Training Program funded by DuPage County.
Our Professional Development Provider Number: 100363
The mention of a specific product or company is not an endorsement by DuPage County's Environmental Education Program