Local environmental news and happenings for DuPage County.
November 2019
You are invited to get an inside glimpse of our work helping people and the planet. Grab a friend and walk, bike, or carpool to SCARCE for our annual open house! Learn how we make a meaningful difference for our kids, our environment, and for our future and how you can be a valuable part of the SCARCE community making it all happen. 
Two local organizations were recognized for their commitments to sustainability:

  • Earth Friendly Products of Addison, known for cleaning products of the same name as well as ECOS cleaners, was awarded the Earth Flag by SCARCE and DuPage County.

  • The DuPage Water Commission was one of only two water utilities to receive a national award from the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies.
Above: The DuPage Water Commission won a national award due in part to their sustainability efforts.
Earth Friendly Products in Addison was awarded the Earth Flag by SCARCE and DuPage County.
DuPage County Board members and SCARCE tour Earth Friendly Product's zero waste facility complete with rooftop solar.
Do you deep fry a turkey for Thanksgiving? If you do any sort of holiday frying, be sure to recycle your used cooking oil at a convenient drop-off location.

Save your sewers from expensive clogs, prevent water pollution, and create a fuel with up to 74% fewer emissions than petroleum diesel. Learn more about how cooking oil recycling is good for the planet and your pocket book.
As you pull out those holiday decorations, don't forget to set aside your broken holiday lights to be recycled. SCARCE offers year-round holiday light recycling and many communities offer a free seasonal drop off site. This year, we are excited to have Bensenville and Wood Dale join the effort! Stay tuned for a full list of participating sites.

It's not too late to start a free collection at your school, church, or village hall.  Contact us  to get started.
In honor of America Recycles Day, take a moment to check in on your recycling habits. You might be surprised at how many things do not go in your recycling bin at home. We highlight five common mistakes in this post. and you can take this mini quiz from Recycle-by-City.
The majority of contact lens wearers aren't properly recycling their contact lens waste. Find out how to prevent plastic pollution and recycle your contacts through Terracycle.
Support SCARCE for Giving Tuesday
When you make a monetary donation to SCARCE you are helping to:
  • Enhance children's education so they can reach their full potential
  • Empower people of all ages to make positive changes for our planet
  • Protect our natural resources through innovative recycling programs

SCARCE is a 501(c)3 non-profit that depends on donations from supporters like you to continue our work to provide books and supplies to children and teachers in need, prevent millions of pounds of waste from going to landfills each year, and to help people of all ages discover how they can make a meaningful difference for our kids, our environment, and our future. Donate today!
DuPage Water Quality Grant Applications Open - get funding for your project!
Due Jan 10th, 2020
Do you have a project you'd like to complete that benefits local water quality? Get help with up to 25% of project costs with help from DuPage County. Both individuals and organizations may apply.
For the first time, Energy Star has certified home water heaters. So when yours goes kaput, you can replace it with a much more energy efficient model or even go tankless. And of course, be sure to recycle your old water heater for scrap metal.
SCARCE Holiday Hours
Veterans Day: Mon, Nov 11: Open 9am-4:30pm
Thanksgiving week:
-------Mon, Nov 25-Tues,Nov 26: Open 9am-4:30pm
-------Wed, Nov 27: Open 9am-12pm
------- Closed Thursday, Nov 28-Sunday, Dec 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!
  • Butterball Turkey Talk-Line - Naperville
  • Canon - Itasca
  • Carlson Art Supply and Framing - Wheaton
  • MacKay & Company - Lombard
  • Refinitiv - Oak Brook
  • Varsity Tutoring - Chicago
  • Whole Foods - Wheaton
Special THANK YOU to our October Volunteers
----- Benedictine University - Lisle
----- College of DuPage - Glen Ellyn
----- Elmhurst College - Elmhurst
----- Glen Oaks Therapeutic Day School - Glen Ellyn
----- Islamic Foundation School - Villa Park
----- Refinitiv - Oak Brook
----- Roosevelt University - Chicago
----- St. Ignatius College Prep - Chicago
----- Wheaton College - Wheaton
----- Wheaton Warrenville South High School - Wheaton
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities
  • Upcoming event we need help with
  • upcoming vol opp 2

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 | info@scarce.org | www.scarce.org
This newsletter is created by SCARCE and funded by the DuPage County Board, Daniel Cronin, Chairman, the DPC Environmental Committee, Liz Chaplin, Chair, and the DPC 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
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.