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Inspiring People to Care for the Earth

SCARCE on COD Radio Print E-mail

SCARCE has been on COD radio. THere are two sessions.

The first is about the 25 Anniversary, and what's happened over the past 25 years. Here's the link to what aired: wdcbnews/dupages-scarce-celebrating-25

The second, coming soon, focuses on recycling extravaganzas.

SCARCE Intern, Jen Walling, Making the News Print E-mail

Past intern, Jen Walling, is featured in an a news article and talks about her internship at SCARCE.  We're all so proud of Jen and all she's accomplished and where she's headed! 

Read the article here!

Governor's Sustainability Newsletter June 2014 Print E-mail

The SCARCE rescue projects were featured in the June, 2014 Governor's Sustainability Newsletter!  Read article

Green Community Connection Print E-mail

Green Community Connections article on River Forest Recycling Extravaganza with Julie Moller.  She talks about SCARCE helping her in her first Recycling Extravaganza! 


Super Crayons Make the News at Marianjoy Print E-mail

"Making Super Crayons for Super Kids: A SCARCE project by Adam Soto"

Adam, a student at COD, who has used the rehab services at Marianjoy, came to SCARCE to make crayons for a class project.  He found a way to give back to Marianjoy.  He organized a crayon drive, helped SCARCE make the Super Crayons, then dropped them off at Marianjoy for other pediatric patients.  Read more about his project in the Marianjoy Matters newsletter.

Kay McKeen makes the Patch! Print E-mail
Kay was featured in the Glen Ellyn Patch!  Great article  to read!
Lisle Earns International Award Print E-mail

The Village of Lisle has earned an International award for the following categories: 

  • Multi-year Economic Development Project
  • Sustainable & Green Development
  • General Purpose Promotion


Read more about this award and how SCARCE had a part of this!  Congratulations Lisle!

SCARCE featured in Illinois Solid Waste News Print E-mail
SCARCE and the Book Rescue project was featured in the Jan/Feb 2-12 Solid Waste News - the newsletter of the Illiinois Counties Solid Waste Management Association (ILCSWMA).
Illinois Solid Waste News - SCARCE in the News! Print E-mail
Illinois Solid Waste News - to learn more about SCARCE's Book Rescue & Tools for Schools sustainability projects, read the article on page 3.
SCARCE faces budget cuts Print E-mail

Naperville Sun Environmental Group faces budget cuts article. 


Naperville Sun by Susan Frick Carlman

Just days after earning an extraordinary distinction for its environmental stewardship, DuPage County is faced with having to make deep cuts in the support it provides for an iconic and pioneering institution that has painted much of the county green over the past 21 years.

School and Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education could receive just $30,000 in the fiscal 2012 year, which begins Dec. 1. In the past, SCARCE has received nearly $156,000 from the county, which provides the lion’s share of its funding.

Jeff Redick, chairman of the county environmental committee, said the revenue that funds the organization comes from permit fees, which are significantly down.

“What we’re looking at is trying to make ends meet within the confines of the budget,” he said.

Redick plans to recommend reallocating $28,000 from the county’s paint recycling program to SCARCE. Although the collection, reblending and redistribution service was one of the offerings touted as a factor in DuPage last week becoming the first county to receive recognition through the 25-year-old Governor’s Sustainability Awards Program, it’s not a revenue generator. The processing program costs the county about $25 per participant, county environmental specialist Joy Hinz said.

Although businesses such as Ace Hardware sponsor similar programs, Hinz said they charge people for bringing in paint, which can’t be taken to a landfill.

“A lot of people don’t want to pay $5 to get rid of a can of paint,” Hinz said.

The only safe and legal alternative to recycling is allowing an open can of paint to dry out, and then setting it out with the rest of the trash.

If the paint recycling program funds were redirected, the additional money would still leave SCARCE substantially short on program support. The Glen Ellyn agency conducts a wide variety of community outreach, including the acclaimed earth flags awarded to organizations that complete certain environmental programs.

Kay McKeen, the organization’s founder, said that in addition to its many longtime endeavors, SCARCE has been aggressively promoting area electronics recycling programs, including the nine county-sponsored locations that have diverted more than two million pounds of materials from landfills since the program began.

Some community entities, including St. Timothy Lutheran Church in Naperville, have done pilot programs and hope to establish ongoing collection of old electronic goods — efforts that could wind up being purely for the good of the planet.

“These are people who started in August, July, thinking they were earning their earth flags this year,” McKeen said.

With only inconsistent donations and the occasional grant award to supplement the county’s support, SCARCE is pursuing additional grant money to help fill the budget gap. One would help area colleges start recycling programs, and another would promote the implementation of commercial food scrap composting, required under a state law McKeen spent 10 years pushing through the legislature.

The organization also offers teacher training, seminars and other services geared toward maximizing green practices.

The plans might have to be changed if the cash isn’t there.

“We probably have 100 programs scheduled,” McKeen said.

“Not counting the workshops, the inservices, that kind of thing.”

SCARCE on ABC News - Article Text Print E-mail

December 4, 2009 (GLEN ELLYN, Ill.) (WLS) -- A group in Glen Ellyn is keeping books out of dumpsters and getting them into the hands of students who need them.

The book rescue program has been "green" long before it was en vogue. With a mission to inspire people through education to preserve and care for the earth's natural resources - they are doing it one book at a time.

It's a teacher's paradise here in the Glen Ellyn warehouse.

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WGN Morning News - August 11, 2011

SCARCE on ABC News - Dec, 2009