Local environmental news and happenings for DuPage County.
May 2023
ABC's of Smart Recycling
Q is for Quick Tips & a Quiz!
Recycling is easy if you keep our quick tips in mind! Check out this month's blog post to refresh your knowledge. Then, try the quiz created by the Washington Post to test your recycling knowledge.

Here's the link:

Afterwards, email and tell us how you did!
Growin' Green Garden Market
Saturday, May 6th 9am -1pm
Celebrate spring and Illinois Compost Awareness Week at our annual garden event. Learn how compost can improve your soil and take a bucket home with you (pre-order food scrap amended compost here).

This year's Garden Market is bigger than ever--with workshops, plants for sale and friends who share a passion for the planet.

Bring the whole family to this fun event!
Find out more here.
SCARCE Out & About
SCARCE team members Olivia and Emily attended the Naperville Park District Earth Day Fair. Local families had the chance to learn more about the waste stream. "Where does it go?" is so interesting!
SCARCE educator Jean celebrated Earth Day with the Wood Dale Park District. Rain or shine, or even snow, we are committed to helping people and the planet!
SCARCE Executive Director Kay joined local volunteers to collect items at a recycling event at Hinsdale Redeemer Lutheran Church.
SCARCE educator Emily gathered items at the Glendale Heights One Stop Reuse and Recycling event.
"Where is Away?" Is On The Road

This month our learning exhibit is visiting the Woodridge Library. The six foot tall interactive display lets people of all ages explore what happens when we throw something "away." Send us a photo if you stop by to investigate. We'd love to "see" you!

Did you know this exhibit travels? Contact us if you'd like to rent the display for your library. Library professionals should also contact SCARCE to RSVP for a partnership meeting (May 9 or May 17) where you can learn about resources for your library.

Coming soon: A similar interactive exhibit called Wonder About Your Water? that will be available for community use.
Sustainable Design Challenge Winners

Congratulations to all of the high school participants for a job well done!
Best Overall LEED Design
Claire Petrosius and Grace Koziol
Hinsdale South High School
Best Energy Design
Victor Hanson
Glenbard East High School
Best Stormwater Design
Owen Atkinson
Hinsdale South High School
Second Place Overall LEED Design Megan Lindberg and Katie Montana
Wheaton Academy
Protect All of Nature This Spring
The first emerging pollinators use the earliest flowers that grow in our lawns, such as violets and dandelions, as an important food source. Pollinators are critical to the eco-system. Let's welcome them to our yards!
Poisons in your yard, such as pesticides, mosquito sprays and rodenticide, are harmful to other living things, especially in the spring when food sources are scarce. Consider how you might invite other natural pest control creatures to help.
Follow the Spring
Bird Migration with BirdCast
For the next two months or so, birds will be traveling through the night to reach their warm weather homes. BirdCast is website that helps you predict which species are traveling in your area. Created and run primarily by Cornell University, Colorado State University, and UMass Amherst, BirdCast reminds us all that spring is a time to turn lights out at night so birds can safely migrate!
Check out BirdCast.
Saturday Recycling Events
May 6
May 13
May 13
May 20
June 3
Repair & Restore Series
Lamp Repair - May 20 at 10am
Electrical engineer and lamp-repair expert, Dave Harms, will shed “some light” on safe practices to keep your favorite lamps shining bright for many years to come. He will also conduct free lamp safety checks (limit 1 lamp per participant).

Thank you to DuPage Foundation for helping to fund our Repair & Restore events.
Environmental Events
Saturday, May 27 through Monday, May 29
Memorial Day Holiday

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 businesses who donated supplies and/or services this month!

  • Invesco (Downers Grove)
  • Ivy Restaurant (Wheaton)
  • Keson Industries (Aurora)
  • Ryan Shreve, Revo Wired Webservices
  • Whole Foods (Wheaton)
  • Wilton (Woodridge/Naperville)
  • Wyndemere (Wheaton)
Volunteers Roll Up Their Sleeves
COD Cares helped with some of our environmental projects during its Roll Up Your Sleeves Week of Service. They made habitats for mason bees and organized materials for reuse and recycling.
Thank you for caring about our planet!
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, 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.