Local environmental news and happenings for DuPage County.
January 2022
New Year's Inspiring Numbers
Have you heard the old saying, "Start the way you mean to go on"? That's great advice to begin the new year. We'd like to start by thanking all our Eco-Extraordinary volunteers and supporters.

Throughout 2021, despite many challenges, SCARCE continued with our mission to educate our neighbors and protect our earth.

Here's a few highlights we can all be proud of:
  • 6,236 hours of service provided by volunteers!
  • 327 programs & community events
  • Over 4,500 deliveries received at our facility, keeping valuable books and supplies out of landfills!
The ABC's of Smart Recycling!
Make this your Year of Green Learning! Every month during 2022, SCARCE will explore how to better respect our earth's resources.

Let's begin with A- ALUMINUM. Recycling an aluminum can saves 95% of the energy needed to make a can from raw materials. Learn more about this highly recyclable material:
  • Which royal monarch preferred aluminum forks to golden ones?
  • What US monument is capped in aluminum?
  • Crush that can or just toss it?

Get answers here: ABC's of Smart Recycling!
Love Blue Live Green: Winter Tips
Winter is here. And that means snow and ice. We all need to be careful on the ice --and with the salt to protect our watershed.

Did you know you can sweep and re-use salt that hasn't dissolved? Learn more by watching this short video.
January 29th is National Puzzle Day
SCARCE has what you need to celebrate--Puzzles!
Visit our SCARCE-LY USED Books & Records for new and gently-used puzzles (all complete-we checked!) to keep you busy this winter.

Teachers can find crafting puzzle pieces, and puzzles for classroom use in our teacher resource area, the SCARCE Reuse Center.

Volunteers can join our Puzzle Posse to borrow donated puzzles to check for all pieces. Come puzzle with us!
Christmas Tree Recycling Happens Now!
Tossing your dead tree? Great!

Old Christmas trees go into chippers to make mulch for our local towns.

Please remember to remove all tinsel and decorations.
And don't bother with that bag!
Recycling Events
Environmental Events - Mark Your Calendar!
UN Declares 2022 - International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development Learn More
SCARCE-LY USED Books & Records @ SCARCE Mon-Fri 9am-4:30pm, Sat 9am-12pm
January Eco-Extraordinaires!
Brownie Troop 55779
Making paper &
Learning the 3R's
St Matthew's Parish
in Glendale Heights collected
2,625 bread tags!
Troop 56194,
Elmhurst Daisies
Learn the 3Rs and Papermaking
Thank You to our Business Friends
...who donated supplies to our Rescue Projects this month!
Whole Foods -Wheaton
Domtar - Addison
Ace Hardware - Oak Brook
Keson - Aurora
Subaru - Itasca
Special THANK YOUs to

Willow Creek Townhome Community,
a small but MIGHTY Book Club, for funds to support our literacy projects,

Our friends at Hyatt Place Lombard
for collecting BRAND NEW BACKPACKS for local students,

and our VOLUNTEERS for dedicating their time each week to sorting, stocking and organizing donations. Our Reuse Center depends on them!

-----Kay--you mentioned there were more of these to thank in your email?
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.