Local environmental news and happenings for DuPage County.
April 2023
Growin' Green Garden Market
Saturday, May 6, 9am-1pm at SCARCE
This year's market might be our biggest ever! Discover mini-workshops, crafts for kids, native plants, fabulous eco-vendors, gardening books to inspire you -- and you can even bring your shovel and garden tools to be sharpened!

Get the details about this family-friendly event, including how to order what you need to get your garden growin', including food-scrap amended compost, rain barrels, and organic seedlings.
P is for ...Paint!
ABC's of Smart Recycling
There are many P's in the recycling universe: plastic, paper, and the worrisome PFAs. But one simple "P" that surrounds us all the time is paint. It's on and in our homes, schools and workplaces.
With thousands of gallons entering our landfills, proper use and disposal of paint is critical. Make your paint handling more earth-friendly by following our tips.

Congrats to Chicago Glue & Machine!
Chicago Glue & Machine in Itasca earned an Earth Flag in March! Employees built an onsite compost bin (by repurposing wood pallets), created a vegetable garden, and purchased reuseable plates, cups, napkins, and flatware for use at the office and for corporate events.

Kay McKeen and Erin Kennedy from SCARCE, and Shelia Rutledge, Chair of the DuPage County Environmental Committee, joined the company and its SOS (Stuck on Sustainability) team for the ceremony.

Does your organization have what it takes to earn an earth flag? Contact SCARCE to get started today.
Greening Your Gig
Thank you to Jacquelyn Casazza (right) for creating an earth-friendly tablescape at the Celebration of Tables fundraiser for the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry. With her creative display, she educated visitors on how to entertain with style while protecting the planet.

SCARCE supported Jacquelyn by providing her with green and blue plates as well as a globe for the centerpiece. You also can "Green Your Gig" by renting reuseable plates, napkins, cutlery, and many other items for your next event. Email SCARCE for details.
Willowbrook Wildlife Center
Master Plan Review 
April 6, 7pm
Join the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, the Sierra Club River Prairie Group, and fellow wildlife fans to discover Willowbrook Wildlife Center's new master plan, featuring a wildlife rehabilitation clinic and visitor center set to open in 2024.

What will this net-zero facility mean to our community? How can you get involved? Learn more on the Sierra Club website.
Save Gorillas!
Recycle Phones at Cosley Zoo
Now through April 30
Do you have old cell phones collecting dust at home? Bring them to Cosley Zoo in Wheaton and save gorillas while you recycle those electronics!

Cosley Zoo is joining forces with the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) for the "Gorillas on the Line" campaign. Recycled devices help reduce demand for coltan, an ore found in the Congo where Gorillas live in the wild. Mining coltan disrupts gorilla habitat.

The zoo can accept cell phones, smart phones, iPads, iPods, tablets, Apple watches, adaptors, chargers, mp3 players, handheld gaming systems and their accessories for recycling. The collection will run through Sunday, April 30.

Considering an Electric Vehicle? Get Tips from DuPage County
Protect Water with Storm Drain Medallions
The weather is right for installing storm drain medallions! These markers let people know that nothing but stormwater belongs in the drains.

Contact SCARCE if your scout group or green team would like to place markers in your neighborhood. We'll provide training and supplies and, together, we can protect our local waterways.
No Mow May

In addition to their negative ecological impact, grass-only lawns provide little benefit to wildlife. They often lack flowers and habitat for bees and they may be treated with harmful pesticides. Fortunately, American tastes are changing.

The start of the growing season is an important time for native bees. By keeping your grass longer, and letting flowers bloom, your lawn can provide nectar and pollen needed by our bees. Learn more about the No Mow May initiative at Bee City USA.
SCARCE Kicks off Repair & Restore Series

Thanks to a grant from DuPage Foundation, we've hosted two successful events that teach people how to extend the life of their household items.

Visit our calendar to see all of our events.
Kitchen knife demonstration
Tips for a better bike
Saturday Recycling Events
Celebrate International Compost Awareness Week
May 7-13
Did you know that International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) is observed across the U.S. and around the world during the first full week of May? The program includes poster and video contests in the fall and activities and events held during the week in May.

This year's theme is:
"For Healthier Soil, Healthier Food...Compost!"

Are you a home composter? Want to get started?
Environmental Events
Tuesday, April 18
Sustainable Design Challenge 9-11am at DuPage County Admin Building
Public is welcome to attend!
Saturday, April 29
Wheaton Native Plant Sale 8:30-11:00am at Wheaton Public Works Yard
Saturday, May 6
Growin' Green Garden Market 9am-1pm at SCARCE
Upcoming Special Hours
Easter Holiday Weekend
OPEN Half-day 9am-12noon on Friday, April 7
CLOSED Saturday April 8

Regular Hours for Reuse Center and
Monday-Friday 9am-4:30pm
Saturdays 9am-12pm

Donation Hours
Tuesday-Friday 9am-2pm
*For 5 or more boxes, call to make an appointment
Thank You to Businesses
A special thank you to these businesses for donating supplies and/or services this month!

  • Illinois State University (Normal)
  • Ivy Restaurant (Wheaton)
  • Keson Industries (Aurora)
  • Ryan Shreve, Revo Wired Webservices
  • Whole Cubes (Addison)
  • Whole Foods (Wheaton)
Thank you SCARCE Volunteers

We love working with you to help people and the planet!
Linda organizes our Tools for Schools
Joanne and Bruce help with our recycling projects
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, Deborah Conroy, Chair,
the DuPage County Environmental Committee, Sheila Rutledge, Chair,
and the DuPage County Stormwater Committee, James Zay, Chair.
Kay McKeen, founder & director
Rachel Carlson, Heather Goudreau, Bev Jaszczurowski, Erin Kennedy,
Jean Kent, Emily King, Rose Naseef, Caroline Prichard, 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.