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Green Bulletin
January 2018

While many people choose to sweat it out at the gym, consider focusing on another type of waste this year.
Free Forum - Feb 14th, 8:30-11:30am

Join SCARCE and the Illinois Food Scrap Coalition for a free forum explaining the science of using food scrap amended compost. 
Especially helpful for anyone involved in farming or landscape maintenance for schools, park districts, municipalities, golf courses, or HOAs.

This month we highlight the municipalities and organizations that made it easy for residents to responsibly dispose of their used oil - a few hundred gallons of it!

Do you know if your snow and ice practices are safe for people and our environment? Check out our quick tips to reduce your impact, in more ways than one!
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.
January 25th

Join SCARCE and other like-minded organizations and individuals for the 2018 DuPage Environmental Summit. Registration is open.
New Brochure Provides Construction & Demolition Recycling Guidance

Building a new house or tearing down an old one? Don't landfill the new construction or old demolition material, recycle it. Learn what can  be recycled and where to go in DuPage County Environmental Division's new brochure. The brochure may also be found at

SCARCE was fortunate enough to receive a few grants to aid our community education and recycling programs. Many thanks to the DuPage Foundation, Eco-Lab Foundation, and Wal-mart.
Dr. Sylvia Earle Has Been Diving For Over 60 Years

Hear what she has to say on human impact on the oceans and the pressing need for all of us to change our ways to ensure a healthy future for the planet and humanity.

Scout Groups Get Hands-On Learning at SCARCE

Bring your scout troop to SCARCE for hands-on learning about the 3Rs, water quality, energy, and more! Contact us to schedule a program.

Join our volunteer team! We are especially looking for regulars for during the week and volunteer groups. Have fun while helping people and the planet.
Recycling Events
Recycling events take a break during winter. Stay tuned for the Spring 2018 recycling events!

'Tis the season of holiday light recycling programs. You can drop off your non-working or unwanted holiday lights at a collection near you. 

Presents are unwrapped and shipping boxes have been emptied. Don't just recycle your shipping boxes, reuse them through Give Back Box. Watch the short video for more info.
Live Christmas Tree Recycling

Check with your municipality or waste hauler to find out if they will be collecting trees for chipping or composting. Remove all decorations before placing your tree at the curb. Check out our blog from last year for more ideas on holiday clean-up.
Environmental Events - Mark Your Calendar!
SCARCE is participating in or hosting events in green.
Jan  National Radon Action Month
Jan 12  Water Quality Project Grant Applications Due
Jan 21
Jan 25  DuPage Environmental Summit: Nature RX
Jan 29  The Future Looks Bright for Solar: FEJA in DuPage County
Feb 2  World Wetlands Day
Feb 3
Feb 14  Get the Scoop on Composting
Feb 27  International Polar Bear Day
April 3  York Used Book Sale Benefiting SCARCE
April 17
May 5


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!
  • Domtar
  • Ivy Restaurant
  • Keson
  • Whole Foods - Wheaton
Special THANK YOU to our December Volunteers
Room & Board staff were a huge help in December!

Benedictine University
College of DuPage
Naperville Central High School
Northern Illinois Academy
Room & Board Oak Brook
UCP Seguin
Vanguard High School
Wheaton Warrenville South High School
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities
  • SCARCE Book Rescue Mon-Fri 9am-4:30pm. We need volunteers that can lift!
  • 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
School & 
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