Green New Years resolutions, Keep the Midlands Beautiful Awards, and upcoming events in this issue of Curb Talk. 
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January 2017

A Note from Jane

Looking for New Year’s Resolutions that will improve our environment? You'll find ideas in this issue of Curb Talk!

Jane Hiller
Education Director, Sonoco Recycling

In This Issue

5 Eco-Friendly Resolutions
Keep the Midlands Beautiful Green Awards
Calendar of Events

5 Eco-Friendly New Years Resolutions

1. Recycle to Improve the State’s Economy

The SC Department of Commerce estimates that Recycling positively impacts South Carolina's economy to the tune of $13 billion each year… not far behind the military and tourism, at $19 billion each. Their recent video shows how plastic bottles put in our recycling bins create jobs throughout the Carolinas. Like Sonoco’s recycling facility in Raleigh, our facility here in Columbia provides jobs for about 100 workers.

2. Recycle Right

Recycling in the right way is key – it ensures that things end up where they’re supposed to be, in recyclable condition. Here are a few things that are often mis-recycled:
  • Holiday Lights can be recycled at city and county facilities, NOT in your curbside bin!
  • Cooking Oil can be recycled at all 11 recycling centers in Lexington County and at 3 recycling centers in Richland County. Additionally, residents from both counties can recycle cooking oil at:
    Fire Station 16
    131 Lake Murray Blvd
  • Christmas Trees and Greenery can be mulched and put back to good use! There are several tree dropoff locations in Richland and Lexington counties via Keep the Midlands Beautiful and Lexington County.
Learn more about why and what to recycle and find your local dropoff centers at

3. Make Every Day “Boxing Day” (with sustainability in mind)

Throughout 2017, please box up items that you no longer want, but schools can reuse! These can include:
  • Calendars
  • Candles
  • Corks
  • Crayons
  • Plastic pull tabs from cartons
  • Large plastic coffee lids
  • Schools also want your poinsettias to improve their indoor air quality.
If you’d like to make a donation, please contact

4. Create for a Cause

Want to help create bed rolls from plastic grocery bags for the homeless? If you can collect bags, cut or crochet, you can help! Volunteer groups in the Midlands have set a goal to make 100 bed rolls this year, following this tutorial. A training meeting is planned for Sunday, January 22, at 5 p.m. Location TBA.


5. Buy Less and Fly Less

National Geographic’s 2014 Greendex study found that American consumers rank last of 17 countries surveyed regarding sustainable behavior. What's more, according to the study, we are among the least likely to feel guilty about the impact of our consumption.

If you fly for vacation, giving it up is the single biggest thing you can do to decrease your carbon footprint. A family of 4 vacationing to Hawaii from the West Coast produces roughly 11 tons of CO2. That’s the equivalent of driving a mid-sized car 24,000 miles. Learn more about our impact on the planet. 


Keep the Midlands Beautiful Green Awards

Congratulations to the 2016 award recipients pictured below with KMB Executive Director, Jacq Buck and KMB Board Chair, Laura Blake-Orr. 
  • Green Large Business Award
    Colonial Life Center
  • Green Non-Profit Award
    South Carolina Wildlife Federation
  • Green Elected Official Award
    Richland County Councilman Jim Manning
Pictured: SC Wildlife Federation’s Harley Carpenter (far left) and Sara Green, SCWF Executive Director (far right).
  • Green Neighborhood/Community Group Award
    Justin Pepper Foundation
  • Green Event Award
    Gervais Street Bridge, Emile DeFelice
  • Green Sustainability Leadership  Rudy Curtis
Pictured: Rudy Curtis (center), recently retired Sustainability Star for Richland County.
  • Green Enforcement
    Officer of the Year
    Scott Morgan
  • Green Educator
    Jessica Alderman, Chapin High School
  • KMB Community
    Partners of the year
    Lowe's Tom Budic and Phil Clark
Pictured: Jessica Alderman (center). 


January 7
E-Waste Recycling Event 
Location: Cayce City Hall, 1800 12th St. Extension, Cayce, SC
DetailsLearn more.

February Events

February 1   
Nomination Due for Spare the Air Awards
DetailsLearn more.
February 11, March 11 and April 22
Rain Barrel Workshop
Free rain barrels to City of Columbia residents 
Contact Jennifer Satterthwaite at 843-545-3400.
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