Local environmental news and happenings for DuPage County.
March 2021
Learn about the importance of conserving and protecting our water, both locally and beyond, and how to help make a difference with these adaptable, easy methods for both the home and community. Healthy water leads to a healthy environment for both us and wildlife so join in the effort today to kick the spring season off as best as possible!

Offered in partnership with the Roselle Public Library. Register here.
March 10th @ 6:30pm
Are you ready to ramp up your recycling know-how? Join us for this workshop to go deeper into the do’s and don’ts of recycling.

In February, our Literacy at the Laundromat efforts expanded to include three locations in West Chicago. This project aims to connect kids with opportunities to read that may otherwise lack access at home by providing books at local laundromats.
DuPage County high school students, teachers, and staff are invited to go on a virtual tour of a local cutting-edge sustainable building and learn about careers in sustainable design directly from architects, engineers, designers and more. Plus learn more about our Sustainable Design Challenge student design competition. Register for the meet-up here.
Design the future of the built world! High school students work in teams to design a sustainable building in competition for cash prizes. Students collaborate remotely to research, design, and make a video presentation of their model for review by a panel of professionals from design fields such as architecture and engineering. Register your team

A program of SCARCE and DuPage County Stormwater Management.
The 2020 winning design, Helios Concert Hall, submitted by York High School students
Now offering in-person programs at SCARCE
We are currently scheduling small group programs in our spacious education center. Our programs can accommodate elementary students through adults and cover environmental topics including recycling, composting, clean water, energy conservation, zero waste and more!
Contact us at 630-545-9710 or info@scarce.org to learn more.
What's with the label?
Launched in 2012, How2Recycle works with over 225 brand owners (over 2,600 brands) to provide direction on what can and cannot be recycled. These labels were created to provide accurate and consistent information on packaging recycling. Have you seen the labels below recently? Wonder what they mean?
  • The top part of the label will be any special instructions on what you need to do before recycling the item.
  • The middle will indicate if the item is recyclable and how (not recyclable, store drop-off, check locally, or generally accepted in curbside recycling.)
  • The bottom part of the label will indicate the type of packaging material and what component of the packaging the label corresponds with.  
Based on the labels provided these two items are store-drop off. Items under the bag, film, or wrap can be recycled through the Wrap Recycling Action Program - WRAP and their in-store drop-offs.  Learn more about How2Recycle and the labeling process at how2recycle.info. Looking for local information? Visit DuPage County’s Environmental Division curbside recycling guide: https://recyclebin.dupageco.org/.
Melting snow reveals a season's worth of litter. The Illinois Prairie Path Association encourages you to get out and clean a section of trail near you. Early spring is a great time to spot and remove litter - before vegetation hides it.
Grab a trash bag and do your part to clean up our planet. Please practice social distancing. Wear gloves, long pants and sturdy shoes. More info.
Stormwater Management is currently accepting public comments on the Winfield Creek Watershed Plan, which identifies various projects to reduce flooding and improve water quality within the watershed. Comments can be submitted via email or mail through March 5. More info.
Season 4 of Earth Chats starts now!
Did you know that SCARCE has a podcast? Get caught up on all the episodes here or find us in your favorite podcasting app. Get a deeper look at recycling, go behind-the-scenes at SCARCE, learn the importance of composting and more!
One Earth Film Festival - all virtual!
March 5th-14th
This year’s One Earth Film Festival covers many topics – from environmental and social justice, to waste and recycling, to clean energy – and offers you a wonderful chance to learn about solutions to these issues from the comfort of your own living room. Most showings are free and include discussions with filmmakers or action partners to help you take action.
Protect Clean Water: Picking Up Pet Waste Campaign
Besides being a nuisance, pet poop can harm waterways. The Conservation Foundation is looking for organizations and homeowner groups to put up street signs and engage in a social media campaign this winter and again in May to tackle pet waste. Visit www.theconservationfoundation.org.
History is known to repeat itself but this sale might not! Stop by SCARCE-LY Used for half off all history books including biographies and military books. All proceeds support our reuse center which provides low-cost educational materials to schools and non-profits while diverting resources from landfills.
Are you updating your furniture or downsizing? Donate your clean, reusable furniture pieces to Sharing Connections in Downers Grove! Sharing Connections provides local families in need with furniture, household items, and clothing. Learn more about what they accept.
Get Crafty with Upcycled Glass Jars
Need some inspiration for all the glass jars you've accumulated at home? Check out this post for 40 creative reuse ideas - you're sure to find something to spark your imagination.
Recycling Events
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 supplies to our Rescue Projects this month!
  • Marshalls - Lombard
  • Right Management - Chicago
  • Whole Foods - Wheaton
  • Wyndscape - Wheaton
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities - Our volunteer program is currently on hold
Our Reuse Center 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 round of applause!
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, Heather Goudreau, Carrie Horak, Bev Jaszczurowski,
Erin Kennedy, Jean Kent, Rose Naseef & Olivia Ryan
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.