Local environmental news and happenings for DuPage County.
October 2019
Compost your pumpkin at the annual Pumpkin Smash! Composting is nature's way of recycling - it saves resources and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. So don't trash it, smash it!

Dozens of locations to drop-off ydour pumpkin (including SCARCE), find one near you!

Help us make clean compost: remove all non-biodegradable materials from your pumpkin before dropping off, such as candles, plastic or metal of any kind.

Oct 5th, 8am-3pm in Bensenville
Illinois residents are invited to attend this event to safely dispose of unused or leftover hazardous household products at no cost. Items accepted include oil-based paint, cleaning products, yard chemicals and more. Get the full list and details here.
Check out all local people and organizations making a difference for people and the planet including those below and more! Continue reading.
Village of Westmont earned the Earth Flag.
Superstar Karate of Carol Stream collected reading books.
The DuPage County Sheriff took action for clean water.
Did you know that too many leaves in our waterways can make them unhealthy and cause excess algae growth? Do your part to protect clean water and reduce flooding by keeping leaves away from storm drains.
During the month of October check out SCARCE's   Where is Away?exhibit at the  Helen Plum Library in Lombard. Get the answers to your questions on recycling, composting, and more with this interactive display. Learn more about the exhibit and how to bring it to your library here.
Energize Your Group Around Sustainability - Host a Lunch-n-Learn!
Did you know that SCARCE offers Lunch-n-Learn programs for local organizations? We want to propel your office's sustainability culture forward by inspiring your staff with info on recycling, composting, going zero waste and more! Give us a call to get started 630-545-9710.
October is National Energy Awareness Month!
Simple tips to 'celebrate':
Have you tuned in to our Earth Chats podcast? Join SCARCE founder Kay McKeen and host Carol Richart for a new sustainability topic each episode. Listen on scarce.org or on wherever you get your podcasts.
After October 15th, SCARCE will no longer be able to accept PUR brand water filters and products for recycling. If you're collecting at home, be sure to bring them in before Oct 15th. * Brita brand products will still be accepted
The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County and the DuPage Monarch Project are seeking entries for the Pollinators in Action: Flowering Journeys exhibit this upcoming spring. Submit your on-theme hangable art between Feb 1st and April 15th, 2020. Learn more.
The Village of Villa Park now offers electronics recycling for village residents (must show ID). The service is available on the 3rd Saturday of each month from 9am-12pm at the Public Works Garage.
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!
  • Canon Solutions America - Schaumburg
  • ComEd - Oakbrook Terrace
  • Domtar Corporation - Addison
  • Mon Ami Gabi - Chicago
  • Room & Board - Oak Brook
  • Whole Foods - Wheaton
Special THANK YOU to our September Volunteers
----- Benedictine University - Lisle
----- College of DuPage - Glen Ellyn
----- Cooper's Hawk - Downers Grove
----- Floyd, Malito & Company - Roselle
----- Glenbard South High School Key Club - Glen Ellyn
----- Glen Oaks Therapeutic Day School - Glen Ellyn
----- Lisle High School - Lisle
----- North Central College - Naperville
----- NRDC Action Fund Green Team - Chicago
----- Roosevelt University - Chicago
----- St. Petronille Boys' Volleyball Team - Glen Ellyn
----- Wheaton Warrenville South High School - Wheaton
Floyd, Malito & Company pitched in at SCARCE on CPA Day of Service.
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities
  • Pumpkin Smash - Saturday, Nov 2nd

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 was created by SCARCE and funded by the DPC 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
( 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.