Local environmental news and happenings for DuPage County.
June 2022
Going Fishing or Hunting?
Get the Lead out!
Did you know fishing sinkers and sport hunting bullets often contain a toxic material? Lead.

Lead is toxic to fish and the birds that eat them. A recent study found as many as half of our nation's eagles suffer from lead poisoning. Consider switching to alternatives that don't use lead when fishing this summer. Learn more about lead sinkers here.
ABC's of Recycling
F is Food for Thought
What is food waste, or scrap? Why is it important to reduce our food scrap? How can we tackle the problem right at home?

Learn what you can do to lessen the amount of food going into our landfills and help the world.

Read our blog post.
Kudos to Antunes!
Staff at Antunes in Carol Stream participated in their annual cleanup of a reservoir in front of their building. They collected more than two pickup trucks worth of garbage. Thanks for pitching in to protect wildlife and keep water clean!

Congratulations to Addison Township for earning both an Earth Flag and a Water Quality Flag!

They converted a ComEd right-of-way into a pollinator meadow, where they also established an apiary. In addition to this big project, they applied 62 storm drain markers throughout the township, they host a quarterly electronics recycling event, and they committed to hosting a pumpkin composting collection in November. Great job!
Take a Behind the Scenes tour of SCARCE

Have you ever wondered how SCARCE recycles so many different items – from books to bread tags, holiday lights to highlighters, crayons to keys, and more? Take a tour and see how we make a meaningful difference for our community, the environment, and our future each and every day.

We are offering three dates in June. Details and registration here.
West Chicago Special Collection - Saturday, June 4th
The City’s Environmental Commission is hosting a paper shredding event and rain barrel pick-up. In addition, the DuPage County Sheriff's Office will be accepting medication, sharps, syringes, and epi-pens. SCARCE will be on-site to provide educational materials.

More details here.
ANOTHER Reason to Recycle Your Cans
Aluminum is more costly than ever. That means the aluminum scrap market is booming. Best of all, here in the U.S., aluminum makers are investing in recycling to meet demand (AmericanRecycler.com). Learn more about recycling aluminum on our blog post.

P.S. Did you know you can get Chicago water in aluminum cans now?
Look for these special Chicagwa cans at events this summer.
Growin' Green Garden Market
Rain Barrel Winner!
Congratulations to Fred Schroeter, the lucky gardener chosen in the rain barrel raffle during SCARCE's recent garden market.

The rain barrel was provided by DuPage County Stormwater Management.

Happy watering, Fred!
Flag Day - June 14
Flag Day celebrates the adoption of the US flag by the Second Continental Congress in 1777. It's customary to prominently display your flag on Flag Day. But if your Old Glory looks more "old" than "glory," it might be time to retire her.

For more on how to properly retire your flag, visit our blog.
Recycling Events
Visit our website for details about these and other recycling events.
Student Volunteers Needed!
If you are concerned about the environment, need service hours, or are just looking for a way to get out and do some good this summer, consider volunteering at SCARCE. We need fully vaccinated (and boosted) students to help at our facility on weekdays. We have morning and afternoon shifts available.

Sound like fun? Complete our volunteer application or contact rose@scarce.org to get involved!
Environmental Events - Mark Your Calendar!
SCARCE is participating in or hosting events in green.
SCARCE-LY USED Books & Records @ SCARCE Mon-Fri 9am-4:30pm, Sat 9am-12pm
Thank You to Businesses
A special thank you to businesses who donated services or supplies for our Rescue Projects this month!

  • Carlson Paint, Glass, & Art, Wheaton
  • Compost Supply, Sheridan, IL
  • Concord Marketing, Glendale Heights
  • Domtar, Addison
  • Ryan Shreve, Revo Wired Webservices
  • Whole Foods, Wheaton
Thank you to our amazing volunteers for helping people and the planet!

Join the fun! We are seeking individuals (14 and older) to volunteer at the following times:
  • Weekday mornings (9am-noon) or afternoons (1-4pm) at our facility in Addison
  • Second Saturday of each month from 9am-noon for recycling in Wheaton

Contact Rose at rose@scarce.org for details.
Helpful Links
Green Bulletin | SCARCE | 630.545.9710 | info@scarce.org | www.scarce.org
This newsletter was created by SCARCE and funded by the DuPage County Board, Daniel Cronin, Chairman, the DuPage County Environmental Committee, Sheila Rutledge, Chair, and the DuPage County Stormwater Committee, James Zay, Chair.
Kay McKeen, founder & director
Jan Breyne, Rachel Carlson, Jasmine Flores, Heather Goudreau, Bev Jaszczurowski,
Erin Kennedy, Jean Kent, Rose Naseef, Carina Ruscitti & 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.