A conference for all of us, volunteer opportunities, and City of Columbia awards in this issue of Curb Talk. 
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October 2016

A Message from Jane

One of my local environmental heroes, David Shelley, education director at the Congaree National Park, shares this quote on the bottom of all of his emails:
“No matter how much one may love the world as a whole, one can live fully in it only by living responsibly in some small part of it.”  ~ Wendell Berry
What a great reminder it is that we can never hope to solve global problems unless we are each making good decisions daily here in our little corner of the world.
David recently led the charge for the fourth year of recycling at Columbia’s Greek Festival. This year, 5,460 lbs. of cardboard, plastic bottles and aluminum cans were diverted from the landfill during the four-day festival. Thanks to volunteers from the City of Columbia, Sonoco Recycling, Keep the Midlands Beautiful, Columbia College, USC, Wells Fargo and the Greek Orthodox Church for making this happen!

Jane Hiller
Education Director, Sonoco Recycling

In This Issue

A Conference for All of Us
Special Recycling and Volunteer Opportunities
Composting Workshops
Educators Needed
City of Columbia Awards

A Conference for All of Us

Get ready for a Not-To-Miss Conference for homeowners and businesses in the greater Columbia area. A Brand New Ballgame is a combination of two popular city conferences: Green is Good for Business and the OMG of Home Ownership.

The conference is just around the corner: October 6 at Spirit Communications Park, home of the Columbia Fireflies baseball team.

OCT 15: Recycling Day 

Regional Recycle Day is October 15 for both Lexington County and Richland County residents.

Volunteers are needed! Contact Rick Vandergeest,, or check out more details below. 

OCT 28: Shred Event

Hosted by the Lexington County Recreation and Aging Commission, the Shred Event is a chance for you to recycle all those papers and documents you don't need anymore. Limit: 3 bags/boxes per person.  

Recycle More

Check out to see what and where to recycle. City of Columbia and Richland County residents can also access the free Waste Wizard smart phone app for even more detailed information as well as important recycling alerts.

Firefly Sculptures

Artists of all ages are encouraged to make firefly sculptures from repurposed materials to educate everyone about the negative impacts of climate change on local species. Selected adult sculptures will be displayed in local libraries, in parks and at area events. Email a picture of your sculpture and a description of how you made it by November 1 to

Be a Bag Lady

A group of women in Tennessee have found a great use for plastic bags. They turn the bags into plastic yarn or "plarn" and crochet them into sleeping mats for the homeless. 

Learn to Compost

Richland County Backyard/Schoolyard Composting 101
Date: Saturday, October 15
Time: 2:00 pm-4:00 pm
Place: Ridgewood Park Community Center
Contact:, 803.865.1216 x116

Worms Ate My Lunch: Vermi Composting at Home and School
Date: Thursday, October 20
Time: 4:30 pm- 6:00 pm
Place: Lower Richland High School
Contact:, 803.576.2491
Request a classroom worm bin (one per school) from

Get Bins and Barrels

Want to buy a compost bin?
Lexington County Residents contact: Rick VanDerGeest,
Richland County residents contact: Samantha Yager,, or
Shirley Mims

Build Your Own Rain Barrel
Date: October 28, 2016
Time: 9 a.m.-Noon
Place: Lexington County EMS Training Building (407 Ball Park Rd, Lexington, SC 29072)
Learn more.

Environmental Education Opportunity

Sustainable Midlands is seeking volunteers for the South Carolina State Fair to help engage visitors with activities like making bee and butterfly puppets and interactive lessons on butterfly lifecycles and migratory journeys. Healthy pollinators are necessary for South Carolina food production. Information about pollinators and a list of talking points will be available for volunteers at the exhibit. 

City of Columbia's Solid Waste Divison

The City of Columbia’s Solid Waste Division has been recognized by two organizations for efforts in revitalizing Columbia’s recycling program. Congratulations!
The South Carolina Chapter of the American Public Works Association awarded the program “2016 Project of the Year” in the environment category. 

The National Recycling Coalition presented Columbia with an honorable mention for “Outstanding Community or Government Program.” 

City of Columbia

The White House recently designated the City of Columbia a Climate Action Champion for its leadership on climate action. The city will now have access to weekly emails, regular webinars and peer-to-peer calls that will help Champion communities achieve their climate mitigation and adaptation goals.

Beyond Our Borders

Every year, the University of South Carolina brings both local and study-abroad students from other countries to our Recycling Education Center to learn about recycling. Recently, Louis Dessau from the Moore School of Business shared a blog entry from a USC student studying in Peru.
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