Dumpster disasters, compost bins for sale, and new websites all in this issue of Curb Talk.
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July 2016

A Message from Jane

I have been teaching about recycling since my 28-year-old son was three and starting preschool. How things have changed since then! Many communities have moved from 18-gallon bins to 96-gallon roll carts, because so many more materials are now accepted. Plastic bottle caps now screw back on empty plastic bottles. And we only flatten cardboard boxes…not bottles and cans.

Why are things so different? Because more sophisticated recycling equipment has changed the rules. But how can the general public keep up with the changes?  Below are some ideas….

Jane Hiller
Education Director, Sonoco Recycling

Take advantage of the new state recycling website

You’ll find an interactive map – click where you live and read the recycling information for your municipality. You can also check out their Dirty Dozen list, featuring the 12 worst things to put in your recycling bin, and why they’re harmful. What is #1 on the list? Plastic bags! They jam and break sorting machines.

Need more details about recycling? Get the app.

Local municipalities are making it easier for residents to remember trash and recycling pickup schedules with the “Waste Wizard,” a new mobile app available for free download through Google Play and the Apple App Store, and links to both can be found on municipal websites. The mobile app can also identify whether a specific item belongs in the trash or recycle cart and makes note of any special instructions.  Get the App and try it out for Richland County or the City of Columbia.
Richland County Waste Wizard
City of Columbia Waste Wizard

Attend a Tour of Your Local Material Recovery Facility (MRF)

Group tours can be arranged for free. Groups scheduled for tours this month include the S.C. Department of Commerce, the City of Columbia’s Climate Protection Action Council and District Five STEM teachers. Be a lifelong learner!

Contact Jane Hiller to schedule a group tour of the facility. 

Recycle Often.
Recycle Right.

Following a few simple recycling rules can make a big difference. To learn more about good recycling habits, check out Recycle Often, Recycle Right. 

Don’t forget reducing and reusing

Find ways to reuse useful items that can’t be recycled.
We can’t use your clothing and household goods. But resale shops can! 
Eyeglasses and hearing aids can be dropped off at the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department.
And don’t forget to donate safe, clean items (toilet paper/ paper towel rolls, small plastic containers, bottle caps, egg cartons and wine corks) to EdVenture Museum’s Maker Space to help empower the next generation of artists and inventors!

Turn a Disaster into
a Masterpiece

Artists in West Columbia have taken a "Dumpster disaster" near State and Meeting Streets and turned it into a work of art. The complete project was unveiled at 5 p.m. on June 3. 

Start recycling in your backyard…nature’s way. 

Richland County and Lexington County both have compost bins and countertop food receptacles available for backyard composting. 
In addition to providing residents with an easy way to create their own fertilizer, the compost bins help reduce the amount of biodegradable kitchen waste that gets tossed into trash cans and can reduce water bills since compost retains soil moisture.

Be Patriotic and Recycle

This July 4th, remember that recycling is the patriotic thing to do. It helps make an big economic impact in our community, keeps our home beautiful, and creates jobs! 

Sonoco Recycling is a proud member of the Sonoco Family, a global provider of consumer packaging, industrial products, protective packaging and packaging supply chain services.
Copyright © 2016 Sonoco Recycling, All rights reserved.

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