May 2016

A Message from Jane

Due to market conditions, Sonoco Recycling can no longer provide recycling pick-up service for area schools. This was a difficult business decision that was not made lightly. We have truly valued our longstanding recycling partnership with area schools, and we plan to continue our sustainability-focused education partnerships.

Although we can no longer provide hauling service, we hope that each community will seek innovative solutions to keep school recycling viable. Sonoco Recycling will continue to be here to process your materials and offer support through recycling education.

Please let us know how we can help.

Jane Hiller
Education Director, Sonoco Recycling

SC Green Step Schools 

My favorite springtime activity is visiting local Green Step Schools to see what environmental projects they have established, improved and sustained during the school year. Mentors will submit their end-of-year reports by May 15, and schools and mentors will receive awards on June 23.

See calendar for details

Makers Movement

Many local schools are joining the national Makers Movement. Pontiac Elementary, a local certified SC Green Step School, has a fun Maker Space where students are creating fun from junk.

Read about this and their many other Green Step projects

Keep the Midlands Beautiful Shoe Collection

Every year, local schools have a chance to help others by collecting gently used shoes and donating them to Keep The Midlands Beautiful’s annual shoe drive, which runs through May 15 this year.

Learn more

Calendar of Events

May 6
Early Registration Ends
for the American Horticulture’s

National Children & Youth Symposium, to be held in Columbia July 13-16.
Learn more.
May 10, 4-5:30 p.m.
EEASC Educator Workshop
“Wildlife in the Classroom”

Catawba Trail Elementary School
Free for EEASC members / $5 for others
RSVP to 
Learn more.
May 13
Richland Recycles Education Day

300 4th and 5th grade students will learn how to be environmental heroes.
Registration for this free event is full.
May 14
Richland Recycles Day

Annual Recycling Event for hard-to-recycle items.
Learn more.
May 15
Deadline for SC Green Step Mentors

End-of-year reports for annual awards are due to
May 15, 11 p.m.
Deadline to order Compost Bins and Rain Barrels

The City of Columbia and Richland County are hosting a spring compost bin and rain barrel sale. Pre-ordered bins and barrels can be picked up May 21, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. No on-site sales.
Learn more.
May 21
Columbia’s Mini Maker Faire

EdVenture Museum
Learn more.
May 25, 4-5:30 p.m.
Creating a Pollinator Garden

Clemson Workshop at Sandhills
Learn more.
June 10
Deadline to register for the
Environmental Education Association of SC (EEASC) Summer Conference

The event will be held June 13-14 at Congaree National Park.
Learn more.
June 15
Deadline to register for DHEC’s “Take Action Today” Workshop and
SC Green Step Awards Presentation
The event will be held June 23 at Seawell’s in Columbia.
Learn more.
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