Community spotlight awards, Operation Bed Roll, and upcoming events in this issue of Curb Talk. 
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February 2017

A Note from Jane

"Complaining about a problem without posing a solution is called whining."
--Theodore Roosevelt

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 If you’d like to see how it’s done, check out this tutorial, provided by our recycling friends in Greensboro, N.C.

Jane Hiller
Education Director, Sonoco Recycling

In This Issue

Community Spotlight Awards
Calendar of Events

Community Spotlight Awards

Samantha Yager (pictured right), Recycling Coordinator for the City of Columbia, who was honored as the 2016 Employee of the Year for her diligence and dedication to revitalizing the City’s recycling program. City residents now have 96-gallon recycling roll carts and a free Waste Wizard App.

Mary Pat Baldauf, City of Columbia Sustainability Facilitator, was honored for her success in bringing the QuickSTARt Program to Columbia. Columbia was the one and only government selected from a national pool of applicants for this new program, coordinated by STAR Communities and the Siemens Cities Center of Competence. 
QuickSTARt will provide a one-year, all-inclusive package of high-quality training and technical assistance to help Columbia earn the STAR Communities Certification for sustainability initiatives.

Funds for Lexington County farmers and hobby farmers are now available for establishing or updating best management practices in water conservation and water quality improvement.


Contact India Woodson (803) 785-8634 for more information. 
Apply Today

February Events

February 2

Midlands Green Congregations Initiatives (MGCI) meeting
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Forest Lake Presbyterian Church Parlor (6500 N. Trenholm Rd, Columbia, SC 29206)
Contact: Dr. Tameria M. Warren

February 5

Operation Bed Roll Training
Time: 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia Cultural Art Center, 1928 Calhoun Street, Columbia, SC 29201
Contact: Brenda Oliver (803) 545-3093

February 11

Richland County Recycle and Shred Event
Time: 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Location: Crayton Middle School/5000 Clemson Ave
Learn more

February 11 (and March 11)

Rain Barrel Workshop at Riverfront Park
Details: City of Columbia residents who attend this workshop qualify for a free rain barrel (ivy model).

Sign up or order rain barrels here if you do not live in the city or if you want extras (they also have compost bins)

February 17

Backyard Poultry Workshop
Contact: New Lexington Soil and Water Conservation District Manager John Oxner.


February 18

Great Backyard Bird Count
Time: 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Location: The Carolina Children’s Garden Clemson Research and Education Center at Sandhill
Details: The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is a free, fun, and easy event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations. Participants are asked to count birds for as little as 15 minutes (or as long as they wish) on one or more days of the four-day event and report their sightings online at

Email Carolina Children's Garden to register for this free event for all ages or learn more.

March Events

March 3

Operation Bed Roll Training
Time: 10:30 a.m. -noon
Location: Deep Woods Estates, 203 Old Chapin Road, Lexington, SC
RSVP: to

March 11

Lexington County Electronic Recycle and Paper Shred Event

Time: 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Location: Leesville at Southern Tool Works parking lot 
Learn more
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