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April 2022
Volume: 32 Issue: 7
ABC's of Smart Recycling: D - the Do's & Don'ts of Donations
Donating can feel great! But it's only great for the environment if the stuff continues to have a useful life after you pass it along.

Learn the "do's and don'ts of donating," including tips on where to donate and how to donate in a way that's safe, sanitary and secure.

Students Impress at 16th Annual
On Tuesday, April 5th, students from six local high schools presented models of sustainable buildings to the community, highlighting stormwater management, energy efficiency, and overall earth-friendly features of their models. In addition, some students submitted their models virtually. They were amazing!

Thank you to the professionals who served as judges and the organizations that sponsored this event. Your participation is critical to this learning experience! Read more here.
Earth Day is April 22nd!
"Invest in Our Planet!" is this year's Earth Day theme. Here are a couple of ways local schools are getting involved:
A PTO parent from Ferson Creek School visited SCARCE recently and left with a carful of bottle caps for art projects (see photo). Nice work modeling reuse and creativity! What fun and useful items might you discover?

The Eco Club at Edison School in Wheaton has an Eco Friendly Art Fair planned. Check out the video they built to share with students and staff.
Looking for other ideas on how to invest in our planet? Contact SCARCE to discover activities that will engage your entire school community.
"Pick Up 5" is a great way to participate in both Arbor Day and Earth Day this month! Organize a walk around your neighborhood or school, then pick up 5 pieces of litter along your way. It's easy!

When everyone joins in, we can significantly reduce the amount of trash polluting our waterways, parks and public spaces. Learn more about #PickUp5!
Arbor Day, April 29th
Is your school celebrating? Planting a tree or doing activities? We'd love to hear about it!

Email and tell us about how your school honors Arbor Day. We'll share your photos and ideas.

Or check out the Arbor Day Foundation website for activities happening Illinois this year.
Lori Zimmermann, 6th grade science teacher at Wood Dale Jr High, picks up oak saplings from SCARCE. The trees were donated to SCARCE by Living Lands & Waters.
Saturday, April 30 9:00am-1:00pm
Outdoors at SCARCE
Does your school have a garden? Want to start one?

Stop by our Growin' Green Garden Market for plants, food scrap amended compost, and free workshops. Learn more.

Pre-order seedlings, compost, and rain barrels today!
Upcoming Eco-Events
April 18-30, 2022

Bring an old, expired or damaged car seat to Target and recycle it to redeem a coupon on your Target app or for 20% off one car seat, one stroller or select baby gear. Materials from the old car seats are recycled by Target’s partner, Waste Management. 
Recycling Events
For details on these and other events, visit our calendar.
April 9
Hinsdale Recycling Event 9:00-noon
Wheaton Monthly Recycling Event 9:00am-noon

April 23
Wayne Township Recycling Event 9:00-11:00am
Glendale Heights One-Stop Recycling Depot 10:00am-noon

April 30
Elmhurst Quarterly Electronics & Textile Recycling 8:00am-noon

Look Who Stopped by to Learn about Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling!
3rd Grade Girl Scouts
Volunteer Thank You!

Thank you to volunteers from the following schools for helping at community recycling events:

College of DuPage
Elmhurst University
Metea Valley High School
South Elgin High School
St Francis High School (Wheaton)
Wheaton North High School

We needed your help! The events were well attended:

100+ cars in Clarendon Hills on Mar 12
916 cars in Lisle on Mar 19
530 cars in Addison on April 2nd
856 cars in Wheaton on April 2nd

High School students interested in volunteering at future recycling events should contact Rose at
Mon-Fri: 9am-4:30pm
Saturdays 9am-12pm

Upcoming Special Dates
CLOSED Saturday & Sunday, April 16 & 17
Helpful Links
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This newsletter was created by SCARCE and funded in part 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
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.