Can't-miss events, appliance recycling programs, and the Your Bottle Means Jobs pledge in this issue of Curb Talk.
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September 2016

A Message from Jane

Want to make your community a cleaner, greener place to live?
This month, I’m pleased to share some new learning and volunteer opportunities.
We hope you will want to get involved!

Jane Hiller
Education Director, Sonoco Recycling

In This Issue

Learning and Volunteer Opportunities
Recycling Initiatives
Sustainability Beyond Recycling

September 15-18

Greek Festival

Last year, we recycled three tons of materials that would have otherwise been landfilled. This great four day event takes an army of volunteers. Please enlist!

September 23-24

Okra Strut

On Friday evening, adult volunteers are invited to come enjoy great music and present raffle tickets to each person who recycles. On Saturday, Palmetto Conservation Corp students, under the leadership of Rachel Price, will be helping with recycling and recycling education.

Contact or 
Jane Hiller for volunteer information. 

September 24

Green Apple Day of Service

Available to help a school with a done-in-a-day environmental project?

Contact for information.

October 6

Columbia's "Green is Good for Business and Homeowners" Conference

Businesses and homeowners will come together this year at a hot new venue to learn how to keep
Columbia cool! 

October 10-14

Wood Magic Forest Fair

Volunteers are needed to teach or simply guide groups of 4th grade students and their teachers.

Location: Harbison State Forest

October 15

Richland County’s Backyard Compost Workshop/
Schoolyard Composting 101 

2:00 pm-4:00 pm, Ridgewood Park Community Center
Contact:, 803.865.1216 x116

October 20

Worms Ate My Lunch Workshop:
Vermi Composting at Home and School 

Time: 4:30 pm-6:00 pm
Location: Lower Richland High School
Contact: / 803.576.2491

Regional Recycling Day

Lexington and Richland County Residents
Date: October 15
Time: 9:00 am-2:00 pm
Location: Irmo High School
  • Collecting electronics, household hazardous waste, tires, scrap metal from residents
  • Collecting pesticides from residents and farmers
  • Shredding documents for residents

Plastic Bag Recycling

Plastic bags and film can be a nightmare for your local MRF (Material Recovery Facility) because they jam machines. Please never put them in your recycling cart!
But, please do recycle them. 

Help Reduce Food Waste in S.C.

One out of six South Carolinians are food insecure, yet food waste is the single largest component sent to landfills. In 2013 food waste accounted for 21 percent (35.2 million tons) of the nation's total waste. Don't Waste Food SC is working towards a goal of reducing food waste in the state by 50 percent by 2030. For more information about the campaign and how you can get involved, contact Anna Lange at the South Carolina Department of Commerce

Appliance Recycling 

SCE&G's new appliance recycling program for residential electric customers offers $50 cash back and free pickup for up to two refrigerators or freezers in working condition. They also must be 10-30 cubic feet.

Plastic Bottle Recycling

The Carolinas plastics recycling industry is growing, employing about 2,000 people. That’s great news for the economy. What is less realized is that we need to recycle more plastic bottles. Can you believe that more than 70% of all plastic bottles are thrown away? Some companies right here in the Carolinas that produce new products from plastic bottles are unable to find enough recycled plastic to run their plants efficiently, so they have to import them from Latin America and Canada.
Your Bottle Means Jobs was created by the Carolinas Plastics Recycling Council to motivate Carolina households to recycle just TWO more bottles each week, which could help create 300 more jobs. Help recycle more plastic bottles - at work, on-the-go, at your house of worship, where you play and at home.

Encourage friends and family to participate in the Your Bottle Means Jobs campaign and take the pledge. 
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