Inspiring people through
environmental education.

We preserve & care for the Earth's natural resources,
while working to build sustainable communities.


School & Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education

SCARCE is an award-winning environmental education non-profit dedicated to creating sustainable communities. We accomplish this through innovative and hands-on education programs for schools and organizations, demonstrating care for our natural resources through our Book Rescue, and engaging the broader public through community-wide events and programs.

For over 25 years SCARCE has been implementing change to foster a more sustainable future.  Find out how we can make an impact together.



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What We Collect At SCARCE

SCARCE is committed to finding a way to keep “stuff” out of a landfill by finding a way to reuse or recycle as much as we can!

  • Books in any condition
  • Eyeglasses
  • School and Office Supplies
  • Corks
  • Crayons
  • Cell Phones and Cords
  • Canning Equipment
  • Holiday Lights
  • Keys

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How SCARCE Helps

SCARCE works to keep things out of the landfill and
get them to people near and far that can use them.

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What's Happening at SCARCE


October Eco-Extraordinaires

Oct 03 2018


SCARCE Book Rescue Summer Snapshot

Sep 05 2018


September Eco-Extraordinaires

Aug 28 2018


Fight Climate Change with “Ugly” Produce

Jul 27 2018


New Collection: CD, DVD, Laser, and Video Game Disks

Jul 24 2018

Featured Staff Member


Rose Naseef, volunteer coordinator and environmental educator at SCARCE, studied psychology and economics, receiving her B.A. from the University of Michigan and her M.A. from Northwestern University.  In addition to working in both the corporate and nonprofit sectors, Rose has volunteered for many organizations, including the American Red Cross, the DuPage County Health Department, the Girl Scouts, and the Friends of the Library. She has been an active member in local environmental organizations (i.e. Sierra Club, League of Women Voters environmental committee) and, in her neighborhood, she helped establish an organic garden at the elementary school and introduce composting at the middle school.  In her village, she has served on the Zoning Board of Appeals and currently serves on the Environmental Quality Commission.

Rose has been at SCARCE for over 7 years.  She began as a volunteer, helping to organize school supplies and assist at special events.  After volunteering for one year, Rose was hired to assist volunteer groups and teach community members about conserving natural resources and preventing pollution.  She initiated SCARCE’s campaign to reduce contamination in single-stream recycling and customized SCARCE programs to help scouts earn badges.  To ensure more items get reused, she established/created space for an ongoing used book and record sale and she organizes an annual garage sale.  Throughout her time at SCARCE, Rose has helped volunteers with diverse backgrounds and interests find volunteer activities that suit them best and has engaged them in reusing and recycling valuable resources. 

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