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Green Bulletin
December 2017

Do you know what you can and can't recycle after presents have been opened? Read on to to reduce your waste and "recycle right" this holiday season.
December 7th, 3pm - 7pm 

Get to know SCARCE better at our annual open house! Tour our resource center, learn about our education programs, meet our staff, and browse our unqie & eco-friendly Holiday Pop-Up Shop.

This month we highlight the efforts of some smashing folks and  a student at York that expands waste reduction opportunities at school.
Students and teachers from the Hinsdale South Environmental Concerns Organization.

It was a soggy Saturday but Pumpkin Smash locations across the state stood their ground and diverted 71.7 tons of pumpkins from landfills . Check out some snapshots and see how our efforts added up for a healthier planet.
Notice: Carol Stream Recycling Drop-off Center Closing Dec 8th

Waste Management is permanently closing the DuPage Recycling Center (550 N. Center Ave). The public drop-off will be closed starting December 8th.

Celebrating the Holidays with Cool Yule

For the 2nd  year DuPage County's  Cool DuPage program  is engaging students during the holiday season with Cool Yule - a fun opportunity to make recycled or reused ornaments to showcase at the County Complex.  St. John's Lutheran School in Lombard  volunteered to be the 2017 Cool Yule partner and assisted in decorating the DuPage County holiday tree with ornaments.  District 93  ornaments were reused to continue the Cool Yule tradition. A big shout out to both partners, you can check out their creativity by following  Cool DuPage on Facebook  or Twitter, @cooldupage.  If interested in being a partner next year contact the DuPage County  Environmental Division  at .

'Tis the season of holiday light recycling programs. As you deck the halls, set aside your broken/unwanted strands for drop-off at a location near you.

Support SCARCE every time you shop on Amazon by choosing SCARCE as your AmazonSmile charity. You shop, Amazon gives.

"Soil, not oil, holds the future for humanity." 
- Vandana Shiva
Due Jan 12, 2018

Individuals and organizations are encouraged to apply for funds for projects that help improve regional water quality. Past funded projects include green roofs, permeable pavers, and streambank stabilization.

SCARCE relies on financial support from individuals like you to continue our mission to inspire action for the environment and divert resources from the landfill.

Please c onsider making a tax deductible donation as part of your year-end giving.

SCARCE is looking for a new team member with a strong focus on customer service and the ability to lift 50lbs on a regular basis. Sound like someone you know?
Now-Dec 15th

Now through December 15th bring your empty & clean 12-oz POM bottles to Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn at 525 S. Park Blvd. Donations should only be dropped off during daily hours 9am-5pm.

Whether you're frying a turkey or potato pancakes, protect your pipes and recycle your oil at one of 8 ongoing collection sites in DuPage County.
SCARCE Wants Your (Complete) Puzzles

Do you have jigsaw puzzles at home that you aren't using? Assemble them one last time to make sure they're complete, then re-box them, tape all four sides and drop them off! 

Puzzles are a great indoor activity for under-privileged kids to keep their brains active on cold days.
SCARCE Holiday Hours

Holidays are coming up! We will be open regular hours except for the following dates:
  • We will be CLOSED...
    • Monday Dec 11th
    • Friday, Dec 23rd-Tuesday Dec 26th
    • Monday, Jan 1st
As always, you can view our calendar or our contact page to stay up-to-date.
Recycling Events
Fall recycling events are wrapping up! Stay tuned for the Spring 2018 season.

Dec 2  Woodridge Electronics Recycling & Coat Drive
Environmental Events - Mark Your Calendar!
SCARCE is participating in or hosting events in green.
Dec 3  Chicago Community Climate Forum
Dec 4  Small Business Energy Efficiency Workshop
Dec 5  United Nations World Soil Day
Dec 7
Dec 7 Webinar: Ecological Restoration 101: Native Landscaping for HOAs & Property Managers
Dec 8-9  Holiday Pop-Up Shop @ SCARCE
Dec 9  Winter Farmers Market
Jan 12  Water Quality Project Grant Applications Due
Jan 21  Free Film Screening: Before the Flood
Jan 25  DuPage Environmental Summit: Nature RX
Jan 29  The Future Looks Bright for Solar: DuPage County
April 3

SCARCE Used Book & Record Sale every Tues & Fri 9am-12pm and select Saturdays
Thank You Businesses
A special thank you to businesses who donated supplies to our Rescue Projects this month!
  • 95 Percent Group
  • Dashiell
  • Holland Capital Management
  • Ivy Restaurant
  • Keson
  • SciTech
  • Select Staffing
  • Swiss Financial Services
  • Whole Foods Wheaton
Special THANK YOU to our November Volunteers

volunteers super crayons
Volunteers from St. Margaret Mary show off their handiwork.
Benedictine University
College of DuPage
Downers Grove North High School
First United Methodist Church of Glen Ellyn
Fox Valley SRA Day Break Program
Giant Steps
Glen Oaks Therapeutic Day School
Glenbard South High School Key Club
Islamic Foundation School
Kiwanis Club of Glen Ellyn
Naperville Central High School
Northern Illinois Academy
Our Saviour's United Methodist Church
Saint Margaret Mary Parish
UCP Seguin
Wheaton Warrenville South High School
Vanguard School
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities
  • SCARCE Book Rescue Mon-Fri 9am-4:30pm. We need volunteers that can lift!
    • Students (Age 14+): Volunteer over winter break! View our Holiday Hours above.
  • Lisle & Wheaton Electronics Recycling: Saturdays (Age 14+)
Helpful Links

Support SCARCE with your online purchases 
Join efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Recycling Guide, Trails Systems, and more!
Report stormwater issues online.
Be a part of this initiative!


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This newsletter was created by SCARCE and funded by the DuPage County Board,
Daniel Cronin, Chairman,
the DuPage County Environmental Committee, Amy Grant
and DuPage County Stormwater Committee, James Zay, Chair.

Kay McKeen, Founder & Director
Vicki Baldino, Jeff Gahris, Heather Goudreau, 
Carrie Horak, Kaitlyn Hornik, Bev Jaszczurowski, 
Erin Kennedy,  Jean Kent, & Rose Naseef 

Environmental Education Programs are operated by SCARCE
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Assistance for 
Recycling and  
This newsletter is part of the Teacher Training Program funded by DuPage County.
Our Professional Development Provider Number: 100363
The mention of a specific product or company is not an endorsement by DuPage County's Environmental Education Program