Ideas for sharing locally, office paper recycling, and results from Richland and Lexington Counties' recent community recycling efforts, all in this issue.
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June 2016

A Message from Jane

Here in the Columbia area, we’re making a difference and taking part in something big! More than a billion people across the globe were expected to take part in environmental activities this spring. According to Resource Recovery, materials recovery was a key component in many of the initiatives. Citizens of Lexington and Richland Counties and the City of Columbia turned out in droves to do just that!
The Lexington County Council proclaimed April “Green is Clean Month,” encouraging citizens to participate in several community events to raise environmental awareness. Residents donated more than 45 tons of waste! Learn what Lexington County citizens accomplished.
In Richland County, nearly 1,000 residents dropped off more than 85 tons of waste at Richland Recycles Day! Learn more

Jane Hiller
Education Director, Sonoco Recycling

Richland County: Commitment to Earth Day

Jamelle H. Ellis, PhD, Richland County Manager of Sustainability
Earth Day marks the beginning of the environmental movement in the United States. The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970, and was created largely as a result of the revolutionary federal environmental laws of 1970. It quickly became a part of the social and political landscape of the 1970's. The first Earth Day was celebrated by approximately 20 million Americans and is noted as the inception of the modern environmental movement. In 2016, more than 1 billion people globally celebrated Earth Day. 

In 2013, the South Carolina General Assembly passed a resolution pledging Richland County’s support of and commitment to Earth Day, April 22, 2013 through green initiatives in Richland County and encouragement of the greater Richland County community to engage in activities that raise public awareness about pollution and protect our natural resources. Richland County participates in countless projects and collaborations that reinforce the cornerstones of Earth Day. From participating in programs with Richland County schools, such as Green Apple and Green Steps, to collaborating with local partners on air quality, stormwater, and sustainable food initiatives in the Midlands, Richland County supports the principles of Earth Day through our mission of sustainability and green practices.

"Twin the Bin" Begins in Columbia's Business Districts

In an effort to reach the City's goal of increasing recycling to 40 percent by 2020, Columbia is installing recycling bins next to existing trash receptacles throughout the Five Points, Main Street and Vista business and hospitality districts. Bins will facilitate the recycling of plastic bottles, aluminum cans and newspaper.

Does Your Business Want to Recycle Office Paper?

Contact these local companies:

Donate or Shop at Keep The Midlands Beautiful Garage Sale

Friday, June 17, 2016, 8:30-3:00
1307 Augusta Rd, West Columbia 29169

If you have any items you would like to donate to KMB, please contact Lauren at or call (803) 733-1139.

Donate Magazines

Before recycling last month’s magazines, donate them to the Ronald McDonald House or other organizations like the ones mentioned in Home Storage Solutions.


Be a Gleaner

Former teacher, Kim Noe, wins our GLEANER Award of the month! She rescued 5 large boxes of fabric and is donating them to a variety of local “makers.” The EdVenture Makers Exhibit currently needs:
  • fabric
  • plastic containers/plastic lids
  • bottle caps
  • toilet paper rolls/paper towel rolls
  • any safe “doodads”
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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