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MARCH 2020

A Note from Jane

Later this month, I will be attending the Carolina Recycling Association’s annual conference in Raleigh, NC. At the conference, we will share ideas to help make our Carolina recycling programs stronger.

Thanks to the Carolina Association for providing this video showing what happens to plastic bags and film when they get recycled.
 
Happy March!

Jane Hiller
Education Director, Sonoco Recycling

Shared News

From our Readers

We are lucky that readers of this newsletter send in great information to share!
1. Louis Dessau shared this article about a Danish fashion brand giving new life to worn out cushions, blankets and sheets from hospitals.

2. Amy Antoniades shared this link about Smateria, a socially responsible company in Cambodia that uses tetra boxes, old motorcycle seats, used mosquito netting and discarded crocheted items to make beautiful bags and accessories.

3. Julie Seel shared pictures of upcycled items that Elenda Bates will be selling at 2430 Marion Street during the 2020 Cottontown Art Crawl on March 14 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Pictured below are colorful quilts made from repurposed cloth, baskets handwoven from cardboard and newspapers and a bathmat made from a repurposed tablecloth.
4. Mary Hite shared information about free pet waste stations available in Lexington County to neighborhoods through their home owner’s association, businesses and schools. For details email Mary Hite or call (803) 785-8121.

Thanks to all our contributors!

From the Community

Reduce Unnecessary Packaging

Local markets, like Rosewood Market in Columbia and 14 Carrot Whole Foods in Lexington encourage us to bring our own containers and weigh them before and after filling them with bulk purchases. This reduces unnecessary packaging.

No Waste Events

Sonoco Recycling in Columbia celebrates with a delicious lunch each month its wonderful production team meets its goal (which, lucky for us, is nearly every month.)  This month, we hired Tacos Nayarit Mexican Grill. The authentic tacos were delicious, the paper plates and napkins were compostable, no flatware was needed and the drinks were served in recyclable aluminum cans.

Since the tacos were cooked to order, no food was wasted. We recommend this company if you want to plan a no-waste lunch. We hope you will also share your successful no-waste lunch stories with us.

Sonoco News

  • Sonoco Alloyd is now making an all-paper alternative to traditional plastic blister packaging that can be recycled in the paper stream. Progress!
  • Discovery Channel’s “Building Off-Grid” featured “Sonotubes” (pictured below) for pouring concrete foundation pillars. Here is another wonderful product made from the cardboard you recycle.

Events in March


MARCH 6
Clemson Extension's 2020 Master Rain Gardener Course
Final day to register for Clemson Extension’s 2020 Master Rain Gardener Course.
Date: April 15
Location: Charleston
Details and Registration
 
 

MARCH 10
Replacing the City Flag
A formal changeover ceremony at City Hall will be held replacing the city flag that has been in place since 1912 with the beautiful new flag designed to depict our three rivers.
 

MARCH 14
Cotton Art Crawl
Come support some wonderful eco-artists!
Details
 

MARCH 14
Litter Pickup
Monthly Litter Pickup in West Columbia
Details
 

MARCH 16
Final Day to Register
Final day to register for Lexington County’s Build Your Own Rain Barrel Workshop
Date & Time: Friday, March 20, 8:45a.m. - 12:00p.m.
Location: 7300 Woodrow St. Irmo, SC
Fee: $30 covers all materials and refreshments
Contact: Email Mary Hite or call (803)785-8121
 

MARCH 18
Free Backyard Compost Workshop
Time:
1:00p.m.
Location: Irmo Branch Library, 6251 St. Andrew's Road
 

MARCH 22
Final Day to Pre-Order
Final day to pre-order rain barrels ($68) and Compost Bins ($59) for the City Rain Barrel & Compost Bin Workshop
Date & Time: Saturday, March 28, 10:00a.m. - 11:00a.m.
Location: SouthEast Park, 951 Hazelwood Road, Columbia SC 29209
 

MARCH 27-29
Annual Palmetto Sportsman Classic
Location: SC Fairgrounds, 1200 Rosewood Drive Columbia, SC 29201
Details
 

MARCH 25
Annual Carolina Wildlife Day
Annual Carolina Wildlife Day at 14 Carrot Whole Foods Health Market. Fun and educational activities, food tasting and raffles. Proceeds go to Carolina Wildlife.
Time: 2:00p.m .- 6:00p.m.
Location: 5300 Sunset Blvd, Lexington, SC 29072
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