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JUNE 2020

A Note from Jane

Can you remember what year curbside recycling started in the City of Columbia?
If you guessed 1991, you are correct! Robert Anderson, who was instrumental in starting Columbia’s recycling program, was recently recognized as one of the national 2020 Top Ten Public Works Leaders of the Year for his many notable achievements.

Sonoco Recycling feels honored to have partnered with the City of Columbia’s recycling efforts for nearly 20 years. And now, a new project by the City of Columbia’s Public Works and the Five Points Association is under way to revitalize the parking lot near the fountain. This eco- friendly project will feature new landscaping, lighting, solar-powered pay stations and rubber mulch to help with storm water runoff. Keep up the good work, Columbia Public Works!

Jane Hiller
Education Director, Sonoco Recycling

Recycling News

Recycle More

The Pulp and Paper Board reports a recent survey showed American households have been recycling 83% more during the pandemic. Learn more about waste reduction and recycling in SC DHEC’s new “Take Action SC” video.

Recycled Art

Local artist Susan Lenz Dingman recently installed an outdoor upcycled art display at Saluda Shoals Park. Susan sewed yellow plastic triangle scraps donated by a South Carolina business into lengths of flags to raise questions about
personal and environmental protection during the COVID-19 crisis. In the language of Maritime quarantine signal flags, yellow was the historical symbol of disease on either a ship or port. A yellow flag also stands for the letter Q, as in quarantine. In the picture to the left, the flags are displayed around a playground closed to the public during the pandemic. Read more here.

Recycling Company

  • Anchor Shred and Recycle Company, a local business, received a Paycheck Protection Plan (PPP) loan to help keep recycling rolling during the pandemic. In a recent letter, Senator Tim Scott applauded owner Gail Wilson’s contributions to both the environmental and economic welfare of our state.

Make a Difference During the Pandemic

Become a Litter Champion

Conserve Energy 

  • Being at home during the pandemic means our energy bills may go up. Thanks to Mary Pat Baldauf, Columbia’s Sustainability Facilitator, for sharing these energy-saving tips from Dominion Energy.

Plant a Garden

  • Thanks to Betsy Russell for sharing this gardening opportunity. Based on availability, community garden beds can be leased by anyone (you do not need to be a city or county resident.) Read more here
  • Richland County’s Seed Sanctuary program will be restocking its supply after receiving more than 1,400 requests. Residents can complete a form and get on the waitlist to receive a random selection of six free seed packets.


  • Keep the Midlands Beautiful is hosting their annual shoe drive until June 15. Learn more here.
  • Graduates who don’t have plans to wear their gowns this year can repurpose the garment by donating it to Gowns4Good. Donors can choose what facility they would like to send the gown to. More than 5,100 gowns have been donated so far!

Take a Hike

  • After weeks of sheltering in place, getting outside in nature can bring some sunshine into our lives. Thanks to Cola Today for providing this area hiking guide. But, be sure to still practice social distancing! 

Events in June

Watch for the SC ETV special about the beautiful fireflies at Congaree National Park. We missed seeing them firsthand this spring!

JUNE 13- AUG 8
Congaree Single Day Kayaking Trip

JUNE 27 (Still Tentative)
Richland Recycles Day at the State Fairground
Richland County residents can bring recyclable materials to a drop-off event June 27 at the State Fairgrounds. Items collected will include electronics, household hazardous waste, pesticides, scrap metal, tires and cooking oil. Paper will also be accepted for shredding (eight boxes maximum).

Time: 7:00a.m. - 2:00p.m
More details here.
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