America Recycles Day, contests, and teacher trainings in this issue of Bin Thinking.
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November 2016

A Message from Jane

"Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach.” 

- Clarissa Pinkola Estés

A dozen high school students from Irmo and Lexington helped mend their community by volunteering at the recent Lexington/Richland Recycles Day held at Irmo High School. A huge ‘Thank You’ to these students and the teachers who inspired them to volunteer.

Jane Hiller
Education Director, Sonoco Recycling

In This Issue

America Recycles Day
Field Studies
School Conservation Awards
Teacher Workshops

America Recycles Day

November 15 is America Recycles Day. What will your school do to help reduce waste in the community? How about showing, “The Remarkable Recyclables” video cartoon about how things get transformed into valuable new products?
See the Video

Teachers Discover "Black-Gold" in October

During October, teachers from Lexington and Richland Counties attended compost workshops and are now ready to help students turn food scraps and school yard waste into “black gold.” Want to compost at your school? To connect with compost mentors, contact

Then once you are composting you probably won’t be able to resist singing to your worms!
Dine on Harvest Worms

(Tune: Shine On Harvest Moon; Lyrics by Jane Hiller)
Dine on …dine on harvest worms beneath our feet.
We need the soil you make for us
when you cycle back organic scraps that you eat.
No time… there’s no time to tarry at your feast.
So dine on…dine on harvest worms,
just EAT and EAT!
Spotlight on Dutch Fork

Dutch Fork Elementary School is composting both “small scale” at school and “large scale” with a grant from Richland County. The school is part of a pilot program designed to reduce the amount of food waste schools send to the landfill. 
Get the Full Story



Students from Richland and Lexington Counties have entered junk art firefly projects for the annual RETHINK Contest, sponsored by the Midlands Recycling & Sustainability Coalition. This year, selected students will be invited to compete for great prizes.

Date: November 12
Time: 10:00 a.m.-Noon
Location: Saluda Shoals Park

Pictured: Entry from Dutch Fork High School's Anna Henderson.

2017 SC Environthon Quiz Bowl Competition 

Topic: Agricultural Soil and Water Conservation Stewardship
Coaches Training: Feburary 4, 2017
Details: Coming soon on the DNR website
Funding: Counties can sometimes provide sponsorships to cover registration fees. Check with your county.  This competition is for high school students only.

Field studies

Sonoco Recycling Facility
Bring up to 30 3rd-12th grade students to the Sonoco Recycling Facility!

Richland Recycles Day
Make plans now to bring up to 60 Richland County 4th- or 5th-grade students to Richland Recycles Day. 
Date: May 12
Contact and register: Shirley Mims


Green Step Schools
Don’t wait another week!  Email your Green Step worksheets to, and invite all your mentors for a fall planning meeting. The deadline is December 1 for Award Year 2017. 

School Conservation Awards
The Montessori School of Columbia, a Certified SC Green Step School, was one of four Richland County Schools awarded funding for campus conservation projects through the Richland Soil and Water Conservation District’s Conservation Education Mini-Grant Program and the City of Columbia’s Clean Stream Columbia Awards Program this fall. Read more

EEASC Midlands Monthly Meet-Up                                

Join the Environmental Education Association of South Carolina for juice and snacks at this informal meetup. Come prepared to share one update with the group. 

Date: November 15
Time: 8:00 a.m-9:00p.m.
Location: Sonoco Recycling, 1132 Idlewilde Boulevard, Columbia
Details:  Found on EEASC website

Monarchs, Milkweed and Migration: A Middle School Expedition                                   

Learn how other middle school teachers are using the Monarch butterfly population decline to engage their students in their regular studies. 

Date: November 28
Time: 4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Location: Irmo Middle School, 6051 Wescott Rd., Columbia
Details:  Found on EEASC website
Price: $5 cash at the door - Free for EEASC members (
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