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Recycling Events and Extravaganzas

Sometimes it’s hard to figure out how to get rid of old stuff. Many communities host events to reuse or recycle those old items.

Here's how it works:
Recycling Event Sign- Find out what is being collected at the next upcoming Recycling Extravaganza
-Pack up your car, and drive to the location - usually a big parking lot.
- As you drive thru the parking lot, volunteers help you unload your unwanted items at different stations.
- The items are donated to charity, if possible, or properly recycled, otherwise.
Ongoing and upcoming events are listed below or in the calendar to the right. Usually these events are in the spring and fall. Unless otherwise noted, all events should be open to the public.

For each event, be sure to check the list of items accepted -- each community decides what to collect. If books are collected, its usually a book exchange; bring books you don't want and you can take books that have been donated by others. Result: Reuse before Recycle!

ECO 30 Print E-mail

Fullersburg Woods has 30 ways of living green in this April. Join them at one of the many programs they offer and live green!  See the attached flyer below for more information.

Download this file (ECO30-FLYER.pdf)Eco 30 Flyer[ ]
Get Your Garden Growing Green Print E-mail

SCARCE is hosting a Get You Garden Growing Green event on Saturday, May 10.  Everything you need to get a garden started from scratch or ready for this year's planting will be at SCARCE, including experts in gardening, landscaping, beekeeping and more!   


Seedlings and Food Scrap Amended Compost Sale

Preorder organics seedlings, grown locally in Villa Park and support SCARCE at the same time.  Pick up your seedlings on May 10 at this event.  To order click here.  Preorder must be made by April 29.


Preorder food scrap amended compost from local company, Compost Supply.  You can order as little as 5 pounds of compost up to the quantity you need for your garden!  Help complete the circle by returning food scrap compost nutrients into your garden to help produce a bountiful crop of vegetables.  Use the order green order form on this page! 


Rain Barrels

SCARCE will have multiple rain barrels on display, as well as gutter adaption kits, so you can decide which rain barrel best suits your house and garden.


Cantigny Park and The Conservation Foundation will be there with rain barrels, gutter adapters and stands for purchase.


Compost Bins

Check out a variety of compost bins in different shapes and sizes to figure out which bin would work best for your yard.  SCARCE will have a handful of our favorite bin, made by SCARCE staff, available for a donation.



Landscape Design Expert

University of Illinois Coop Extention

Cantigny Park Beekeeper

Garden Works

Lead Free Hoses

Green Earth Institue

Worm Bins

And more!


Garden Tool Reuse/Recycling


Drop off any unwanted garden tools and equipment.  Tomato cages, shovels, rakes, chicken wire or anything else used in a garden.  Items collected will be donated to local community gardens and school gardens.



Saturday, May 10

9:00am - 1:00pm

SCARCE, 799 Roosevelt Road, Glen Ellyn



Recycle your Cooking Oil into Bio-Fuel Print E-mail

Keep Cooking Fats, Oils, and Grease Out of Your Sink

Cease-The-Grease-VideoEven if hot water is running and the grease is liquid when it goes down the drain, cooking oils and fats solidify as soon as they reach cold pipes. Cities and homeowners spend thousands of dollars on resulting sewer clogs. It's illegal to put liquids into the garbage, and used cooking oil can be recycled into bio-fuel!  Instead of dumping it down the drain, put your cooking oil, no matter how small the amount, into a container, and store until there is a cooking oil recycling event. Learn more in this video from the Texas "Cease the Grease" program.


Cooking Oil Recycling

SCARCE Cooking Oil Collection

SCARCE is proud to announce three permanent drop off locations for used liquid cooking oil. 

Village of Downers Grove: 
Downers Grove Fleet Services garage
Monday-Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 
The garage is located within the fenced employee parking lot off Curtiss St (700 Curtiss) on the east end of the Village Hall complex. 
Please see any employee to drop off your liquids.  There is no curbside collection and items are not permitted to be left unattended outside the building.    
City of Wheaton:

City of Wheaton's Public Works Yard (south side of 821 W. Liberty)
2nd Saturday of each month from 9 am until noon

Wheaton Sanitary District:
1S640 Shaffner, Wheaton
Every Saturday, 10am-noon

Glenbard Wastewater Authority
21W551Bemis Road
Glen Ellyn
Monday-Friday, 7:30am-3:00pm


2013:  SCARCE coordinated the first Cooling Oil Collection in DuPage County at 21 locations on Saturday, November 30, 2013. Partnering with Green Grease and Chicago BioFuels, we collected approximately 12,583 pounds of cooking oil from nearly 300 cars. We got lots of ideas from this first event, so stayed tuned for more cooking oll collections - and more chances to recycle your cooking fats, oils, and grease into bio-fuel.


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Download this file (Resident Flyer all locations.pdf)Cooking Oil Recycling Flyer[Print and and post this flyer to spread the word!]
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

Recycle Old Fridge & Freezer Print E-mail

Recycle your Old Fridge or Freezer for FREE and Earn Money!

ComEd offers a $25 rebate for recycling your old working fridge or freezer.  Make an appointment for ComEd to pick up your fridge or freezer for free and receive your rebate.  Schedule today at or call 888-806-2273. 

This program is part of ComEd's Smart Ideas® energy efficiency programs.  Since the program launched two years ago, they have helped residents save the amount of energy required to power about 75,000 homes for one year.  The numbers have exceeded goals set by ComEd in June of 2008!

Willowbrook Wildlife Center Wish List Print E-mail

Willowbrook Wildlife Center is a rehabilitation and education center, owned and operated by the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County.  They have a extensive list of items that are needed year round to care for native and passing migrant wildlife in DuPage County.

Next time you're hosting a party, ask guests to bring an item from the wish list in lieu of a hostess gift. 


Check out what is needed on their Wish List.

Holiday Light Recycling! Print E-mail

Holiday Light Reycling

Lights accepted include:  Italian mini-lights, traditional lights, extension cords, rope lights, LED lights.  Lights can be in working or non working condition, from any holiday!


SCARCE collects holiday lights all year long!



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Recycle Lights