Local environmental news and happenings for DuPage County.
June 2021
Multiple dates & times June 8-24
Have you ever wondered how SCARCE recycles so many different items? Are you curious to see our space and learn how we reuse, recycle, and educate? Join us for an in-person, behind-the-scenes tour to learn how we make a meaningful difference for our community, the environment, and our shared future each and every day.

Great for green teams, business sustainability coordinators, families, and more!

Tickets are $5, registration required. View dates & Register here
Wanted: Your Repair & Mending Skills
Calling all tinkerers, handy-persons, and craftspeople! We are looking for volunteers to share their repair or mending skills and knowledge as part of a new community event this fall.
Our Repair, Repurpose, and Reuse Fair is on October 2nd and seeks to help community members learn how to repair or repurpose items to extend their useful life and reduce landfill waste.

Contact erin@scarce.org to share your skills!
Check out this month's local Eco-Extraordinaires! This month we highlight two organizations that took the extra effort to organize recycling drives: Wyndemere in Wheaton and Barrington Area Council of Governments
Barrington Area Council of Governments' Supply Drive
Once again for 2021 our annual design competition for high school students went virtual. Learn more about the winning eco-friendly designs and view all the projects submitted this year. Get to know a few of the local organizations that make this competition possible here.
Overall LEED Design:
The Sustainable Squad
York Community High School
Best Stormwater Design:
Environmental Queens
York Community High School
Best Energy Design:
York Community High School
Sat, June 5th 8am-3pm in Aurora
Properly disposing of hazardous waste protects clean air, water and soil and healthy communities. Any Illinois resident is invited to register for this one day collection event sponsored by the IEPA, DuPage County, Kane County, and the City of Aurora. Household hazardous waste includes a wide variety of chemical cleaners, pesticides, fertilizers, paints, auto fluids and other toxic materials. View the poster for acceptable materials. Registration is required to attend - register here.
Year-round household hazardous waste drop off is also available at the regional collection site in Naperville on Saturdays and Sundays. Learn more about the Naperville site here.
DuPage County Stormwater Management has put together a free guide to help homeowners identify the source of flooding as well as various ways to combat it. Learn more and download the Guide to Preventing & Repairing Flood Damage here. Not only does reducing flooding protect your home, it also protects clean water. Don't wait for a rainy day, get started now!
The USDA has announced funding for local governments to host Community Compost and Food Waste Reduction pilot projects for fiscal year 2021. Priority will be given to projects that anticipate or demonstrate economic benefits, incorporate plans to make compost easily accessible to farmers, including community gardeners, integrate other food waste strategies, including food recovery efforts and collaborate with multiple partners. Learn more here.
Food Scrap Compost Sale: Plant Superfood!
Locally-made food scrap compost is eco-friendly superfood for your lawn, garden, and even your houseplants! Compost is available at SCARCE for $5 for 5 gallons or $20 for 30 gallons. Bring your own container and shovel. Call ahead 630-545-9710. Get it while it lasts!

All proceeds support our education programs and Reuse Center for teachers and non-profits. Thank you to Compost Supply for donating the compost!
Do you have an old American flag in need of retiring? Learn when your flag should be retired and how to do it in a way that is respectful and safe for people and the environment (hint: burning isn't a good of an option for most flags).
My ENERGY STAR is a free personalized online tool from energystar.gov that makes it easy to work your way to an energy-efficient home. Check out their extensive list of ideas which can be sorted by ease, by room, there's even a category for renters!

Create a free account to add items to your to-do list and track the actions you've taken. Earn stars as you check items off your list and track your carbon footprint savings.
Now Offering In-person and Virtual Group Eco-Education Programs
We offer engaging environmental education programs for people of all ages on topics from composting, to clean water, recycling, energy conservation, gardening and more! In-person programs for small groups and virtual programs (any size) are available. Great for garden clubs, scout groups, HOAs, lunch'n learns and more.

Contact us at 630-545-9710 or info@scarce.org to learn more.
Recycling Events
Environmental Events - Mark Your Calendar!
SCARCE is participating in or hosting events in green.
SCARCE-LY USED Books & Records @ SCARCE Mon-Fri 9am-4:30pm, Sat 9am-12pm
Thank You to Businesses
A special thank you to businesses who donated to our Rescue Projects this month!
  • Compost Supply - Sheridan
  • Ecolab - Naperville
  • Invesco - Downers Grove
  • The McCormick Foundation - Chicago
  • Whole Foods - Wheaton
Volunteer Opportunities

We now have opportunities for individuals that wish to volunteer with SCARCE. Volunteers must be 18 or older. To learn more, contact Rose, our Volunteer Coordinator, at rose@scarce.org.

We encourage you to attend one of our Being Green: Behind the Scenes tours to get to know us better.
Our Reuse Center couldn't function without the amazing individuals that dedicate their time each week to sorting, stocking, and organizing your donations!

If you see them when you visit, give them a round of applause!
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, Heather Goudreau, Carrie Horak, Bev Jaszczurowski,
Erin Kennedy, Jean Kent, Grecia Landin, Rose Naseef, & Olivia Ryan
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.