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Inspiring People to Care for the Earth


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School & Community Assistance for Recycling & Composting Education (SCARCE)


SCARCE inspires people, through education, to preserve & care for the Earth's natural resources, while working to build sustainable communities.

Environmental Education


Fun & fast paced workshops, seminars,and events teach the people of DuPage County, IL about the latest "green" initiatives.

Book Rescue


Keep books out of the landfill, and get them into the hands of children that can use them. Our shelves display 25,000 textbooks & library books for teachers.

Tools for Schools


Businesses, citizens, and community groups help schools by donating unwanted office supplies. Schools benefit rather than the landfill.

Ripples & Green Bulletin


Monthly newsletters keep you up to date on SCARCE classes and local "green" events.

Recycling Information


SCARCE helps communities set up recycling extravganzas and helps people learn how to recycle unwanted items.

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Scrap Metal Recycling Benefits SCARCE Print E-mail

Recycle your electronics and scrap metal through Elgin Recycling on Earth Day, April 22, and SCARCE gets $0.03 for every pound of non-ferrous metal!

See the attached flyer for details!

Includes all Elgin Recycling locations:  Elgin, Elk Grove Township, Gilberts, Palatine, Crystal Lake

Download this file (er_tribune_green_ad.pdf)er_tribune_green_ad.pdf[ ]
Get Your Garden Growin' Green Print E-mail

Saturday, May 10th, 9am-1pm

Garden Fair at SCARCE

799 Roosevelt Rd, Building 2, Glen Ellyn

*Purchase organic vegetable and herb seedlings and high quality compost.

*Order a rain barrel.

*See compost bins, worms, and lead-free hoses. 

*Check out earth-friendly products and services from local organizations.

*Bring new or used garden tools, tomato cages, and gardening supplies to donate to local school and community gardens.

Click here for more details and to pre-order seedlings and compost.

 Let's get growing!

Human Race 5K Fundraiser Print E-mail

Saturday, April 26th at 9am

Esplanade at Locust Point

1901 Butterfield Rd, Downers Grove


Celebrate Earth Day this year

by running or walking for SCARCE

The money raised will keep valuable materials

out of the landfill and get them to kids in need!

Register to walk or run and choose

SCARCE as your charity and/or

Donate at SCARCE's Fundraising Page

Ready.......Set........Go Green!


Download this file (Human Race Flyer.pdf)Human Race Flyer[ ]
Community Eco Events Print E-mail

Saturday, April 26th
Prairie Path & Great Western Trail Clean Up Day
Glendale Heights One Stop Recycling Depot - See Flyer

Sunday, May 4th, 12:30-5:00pm
Green Earth Fair

Green Earth Institute
10S404 Knock Knolls Rd, 

Saturday, May 10, 9am-Noon
Lombard Pride Clean Up Day

Recycling Extravaganzas & Electronics Collections Print E-mail

Load up your car and head over to these upcoming extravaganzas.  They are drive through recycling/reuse events.  NO hazardous waste, paint, refrigerators, or smoke detectors.   Air conditioners and dehumidifiers ONLY where specifically listed
April 26:  Fullersburg Woods, Oak Brook info
April 26:  Glen Ellyn, flyer below
April 26:  Glendale Heights, flyer below

April 26: Wood Dale, flyer below

April 26:  Carol Stream  info

May 3:  Itasca

May 3:  Oak Brook Library info
May 3:  River Forest info

May 3:  Hinsdale South HS, flyer below

May 10:  Addison Park District info

May 10:  Christ the Servant, Woodridge, electronics & books
May 17:  Woodridge Rotary, flyer below
May 31:  Wayne Township-Flyer below

June 7:  West Chicago, cooking oil & paper shredding

June 21:  Citadel Shred4Rescue Shredding-Flyer below

Read more: Recycling Extravaganzas & Electronics Collections
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