Ways to reuse glass, learn to plarn, and upcoming events in this issue of Curb Talk. 
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March 2017

A Note from Jane

Glass recycling is a topic of concern both locally and nationally, since transporting it to a glass recycler can cost more than the value of the glass. So Lexington and Richland Counties are encouraging residents to drop off glass bottles, jugs and jars (without lids) at one of their designated drop-off sites, where the glass shards stay large enough and clean enough to bring a better price and make recycling it affordable. You can find these sites at Recycle More SC.
Thanks for your help!

Jane Hiller
Education Director, Sonoco Recycling

In This Issue

Ways to Reuse Glass
Business Spotlights
Community Spotlights
Family Spotlights
Grant Spotlights 
University Spotlights
Learn to Plarn
Upcoming events

Ways to Reuse Glass

  • Fill empty glass jars with orange peels and white vinegar to make a healthy, but germ killing, cleaning concentrate.
  • Wash your peanut butter jar, then refill it at a store where you can grind your own.
  • Choose beer growlers and washable glasses for your next party.
  • Check out these upcycled beer bottle DIY projects

Business Spotlights

South Carolina businesses are doing their part to create a more sustainable future for our state.

Cascades-Sonoco, a joint venture of Sonoco and Cascades Inc., has developed a world-class water-based coating technology for take-out containers and wet-strength cardboard boxes. These revolutionary coatings offer solutions that are recyclable, repulpable and compostable. 
We'd also like to congratulate Anchor Shred & Recycle Company LLC for being selected as an entrepreneurial venture winner by USC’s Computer Science and Engineering School. They were recognized for an innovative mobile application to  improve  the company’s  on-demand recycling collection model. To learn more, contact Gail Wilson, owner, or visit the Anchor Shred Company

Community Spotlights

We all love beautiful yards, but over-watering, using too many chemicals, and even extra clippings that wash into stormdrains can lead to big problems with nearby waterways.

Check out the City of Columbia’s Blue Thumb Landscaping program

Family Spotlights

A local couple is challenging themselves to make less waste. Stephanie Wiggins says she and her husband are living by the concepts in Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson: refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle and rot (specifically in that order). Their goal is to produce less than a 5.5 gallon trash can of waste for a full year by bulk buying, transitioning to biodegradable and 100% recyclable materials, composting, omitting plastics from their daily lives, buying used, and simply not buying things that they don’t absolutely need. 

Grant Spotlights

There is a Congaree Creek Watershed 319 grant available to any Lexington County farmer or hobby farmer in the watershed. To learn more, contact India Woodson,

Apply for the Grant

University Spotlights

Congratulations to Larry Cook, USC Facilities Recycling Coordinator, for being selected as the winner of the 2017 American College Personnel Association (ACPA) Champion of Sustainability Award. 

Learn to Plarn

Join us for an Operation Bed Roll "Plarn Party" in the month of March. 

March 6
Time: 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. 
Location: Irmo Elementary School
March 9
Time: 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. 
Location: EdVenture Museum

March 10
Time: 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. 
Location: Carolina Gardens Retirement Facility 
990 Columbia Avenue 
RSVP: by March 8 to Jade 

March Events

March 9

In the Know to Grow...Sips, Snacks and Soil
Gardener's Outpost
Details: Learn about the foundation of a great garden soil at Gardener's Outpost.

March 11

Lexington County Electronic Recycle and Paper Shred Event
 Southern Tool Works parking lot, Leesville
Contact: Learn more


March 15

Green Drinks at Jakes
Time: 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Location: Jakes on Devine
Details: Fun networking and brief update by Rebecca Haynes for Conservation Voters of SC. Organized by Keep the Midlands Beautiful and Sustainable Midlands.

March 22

Book signing with Drew Lanham
Details: SC Wildlife Federation's book signing event with author Drew Lanham, an ornithologist, conservationist and advocate for the importance of diversifying the conservation movement. 
Learn more.

April Events

April 1

River Rocks Festival
Location: Riverfront Park
Congaree Riverkeeper's largest fundraiser of the year is a celebration of our rivers with food, fund, and live music. 

Learn more about the festival.

April 1-May 1

Keep the Midlands Beautiful's Annual Shoe Drive

Start your spring cleaning by collecting unwanted shoes during the month of April for Keep the Midlands Beautiful's Annual Shoe Drive


April 19

Wine for Water
Location: Senate's End
Details: Join Rocky Branch, Smith Branch and Gills Creek Watershed Associations to celebrate their vision for the streams and rivers that we have pledged to preserve.
Learn more.


April 29

Fifth Annual Mini Maker Faire
Location: Edventure Museum
Details: Learn more.


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