A Note from Jane
"Complaining about a problem without posing a solution is called whining."
For years, we have been complaining about the problems caused by plastic bags in recycling bins. Loose bags can fly out and litter our neighborhoods or jam and break machines here at the MRF (material recovery facility).
But we are not whining, because we have offered solutions!
- REDUCE plastic (and paper) bag use by taking reusable bags whenever you shop
- REUSE bags for trash or pet waste (but do not bag recycling...we need it loose!)
- RECYCLE bags at participating stores
And, of course, we still encourage all those options! But another great idea is catching on.
The greater Columbia community is coming together to work on Operation Bed Roll, a project that turns used plastic bags into bed rolls for homeless citizens.
Schools, congregations, organizations and individual citizens have stepped up to collect, prepare, cut, loop and crochet bags into comfy, light-weight, quick-drying bed rolls for people who sleep the floor or ground. If you can do any of these things, please join the Columbia Operation Bed Roll Team this Valentine’s Day. You will be showing your love for the environment and for your fellow citizens.
Upcoming workshops are listed on the calendar below. If you’d like to learn more, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’d like to see how it’s done, check out this tutorial, provided by our recycling friends in Greensboro, N.C.
Education Director, Sonoco Recycling