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Tips for disposing medical waste, speakers on sustainability topics available, and upcoming events in this issue of Curb Talk. 
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April 2017

A Note from Jane

You may be expecting an April Fool’s joke in this issue…but this deal is for REAL… The City of Columbia, Richland County and Lexington County ALL have great deals on compost bins ($35 for $100 value bins)!
 
Give them a shout to kick off your spring with a new hobby…
City of Columbia: Samantha Yager
Richland County: Shirley Martin
Lexington County: Rick VanDerGeest

Jane Hiller
Education Director, Sonoco Recycling

In This Issue

Operation Bed Roll Updates
Tips for Medical Waste
Pet Waste
Keep Plastics out of the Ocean
Speakers Available 
Events

On a Roll...

More and more community groups are joining the Midland’s “Operation Bed Roll” initiative to turn used plastic grocery bags into bedrolls for our unsheltered population. Please join us in our efforts to keep waste out of landfills and to serve people who need our kindness!

Email: operationbedrollsc@gmail.com
Facebook: Operation Bedroll SC
Twitter: @opbedrollsc 
Contacts: Brenda Oliver and Jane Hiller

Trash Medical Waste

When household medical waste—like sharp needles, tubing and IV bags—is improperly disposed of in recycling containers, it slows the recycling efforts at materials recovery facilities (MRFs) and can put workers’ health in jeopardy.

Remember, never put medical waste in your recycling cart! You can safely dispose of it by double-bagging it and putting it in your trash (place sharp items in a sharps container, or a thick plastic bottle such as an old milk jug or a laundry detergent container).

Trash the Poop

Do your neighbors need encouragement to “Trash the Poop”? In the month of June, Richland County will set up tables in locations where people often walk their dogs. If you have a park or public space to recommend, contact Chenille Williams

City of Columbia Rain Barrel Sale

City residents can qualify for a free rain barrel. Others can purchase a rain barrel for $68. Free monthly workshops. To register online or call 803-545-3803

Keeping Plastics out of the Ocean

Your fleece jacket and yoga pants seem so innocent… But we may be contributing to ocean pollution each time we wash our synthetic clothing, because of the microfibers they release when laundered. Read more.

April is Storm Drain Marking Month!

Looking for other ways to keep the oceans clean? In April, communities are encouraged to register to help mark storm drains with the "No Dumping/Drains to the River" reminder and clean out storm drains.

Keep the Midlands Beautiful Shoe Drive

Help us keep shoes out of the landfill this spring. From April 1-May 15, we'll be collecting gently worn shoes to reuse and recycle. Get together with your school, neighborhood, or congregation to start collecting. If your group brings in 500 pairs of shoes you'll get 25 free Keep the Midlands Beautiful giveaways. 

Get the details or contact us

Need Speakers?

It’s important to recycle right! If you’d like a presentation, you can request a speaker to give a talk about “Recycling Right…and Why?”

Contact jane.hiller@sonoco.com or your city or county recycling coordinator:
City: Samantha Yager
Richland County: Shirley Martin
Lexington County: Rick VanDerGeest
Don't forget climate change! If you’d like a presentation, you can request a speaker to give a talk about “Climate Change: Continuing the Dialogue."

Bruce Coull, retired dean of USC’s School of the Environment, and Fran Rametta, retired U.S. national park ranger from Congaree National Park, have been presenting a 20-30 minute talk to various groups (places of worship, book & other clubs, retirement homes, etc.) in the Columbia area entitled: Climate Change: Continuing the Dialogue. The talk includes worldwide data on climate change, recent consequences of climate change, examples of programs and ways to combat the change, and ideas on the action citizens can take. If you’re interested in having them talk to your group for free, contact Bruce or Fran.
UPCOMING EVENTS 

April Events

April
1

River Rocks Festival
Time: noon-8:00 p.m.
Location: River Front Park
Details: Congaree Riverkeeper’s largest fundraiser of the year is a celebration of our rivers that includes food, fun and live music. 

Get your tickets.

April
2

Shorescaping to Protect Our Water” Workshop
Time: 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Location: Sesquicentennial State Park
Cost: $10

Get the details.

April
8

Lexington County Electronics and Scrap Metal Recycling Drive
Time: 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Location: Chapin United Methodist Church, 415 Lexington Ave, Chapin

Learn more online or call (803) 785-3340.
 

April
8

Richland County Recycle and Shred Event for Residents
Location: WG Sanders Middle School, 3455 Pine Belt Rd, Columbia
Details: Get a list of accepted materials.
 

April
19

Wine for Water at Senate’s End
Time: 6:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Details: Enjoy food from local restaurants, wines from around the world and a silent auction. This event will benefit the watershed associations, environmental non-profits dedicated to restoring the Midlands’ watersheds through education, grassroots action, and public and private partnerships. Get your tickets.

April
22

Lexington County Backyard Garden Day
Time:
 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Location: Red Bank Crossing, 1070 South Lake Drive, Lexington
Details: This event will include a compost sale ($10/ton) and a compost bin sale ($40 each). Pre-order compost bins; only a limited supply will be available for purchase on site.
                              Contact: rvandergeest@Lex-co.com or call: (803) 785-3340
 

April
22

Midlands Earth Day Celebration at the Soda City Market
Time: 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
 

April
29

Lexington County Recycle Day
Time: 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Location: White Knoll High School, 5643 Platt Springs Rd, Lexington
Details: Stop by for electronics recycling, household hazardous waste (HHW) collection, paper shredding and shoe collection.
Learn more online or call (803) 785-3340.
 

April
29

Fifth Annual Mini Maker Faire
Time: 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Location: Edventure Museum
Find fun activities for both children and adults at the largest Mini Maker Faire in the state.
Get the details.
 

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