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


Temporarily Not Accepting School Supply Donations

Sep 10 2019


Where is Away? Exhibit at Wheaton Public Library through September

Aug 28 2019


Episode 6 – Permaculture

Aug 27 2019


John Williams, WGN, Interviews Kay

Aug 27 2019


Bread Tag Recycling Provides Wheelchair for Local Child

Aug 16 2019

Featured Staff Member

Rose Naseef

Rose has been with SCARCE since 2011. She began as a volunteer, and was soon hired to assist volunteer groups with diverse backgrounds and interests find activities that suit them best. Throughout her time at SCARCE, she’s initiated our campaign to reduce contamination in single-stream recycling, customized programs to help scouts earn badges, and created a space for ongoing used book and record sales. Rose passionately teaches community members about conserving natural resources and preventing pollution.

Are You Ready To Do Your Part?

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