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A Note from Jane

October is Energy Action Month and the SC Energy Office is encouraging us all to participate.

On October 7 (10:07 to 11:07 am), public and private entities can participate in the SC Energy Hour by turning off lights in homes and buildings or hosting a virtual talk about energy-saving benefits. Then share what you are doing during that hour via social media with the hashtag #SCEnergyHour. Also, be sure to tag @SCEnergyOffice so they can share as well.

On October 14 (10-11 am), citizens can attend an informational webinar and demonstration of the Energy Saver Tool on EnergySaver.SC.GOV. Register here.

According to the EPA chart (above), we also save energy when we “Recycle Right.”

Let’s all strive to reduce our energy use and encourage others to do the same.
Education Director, Sonoco Recycling

Revisiting "R" Words We Love


  • Reducing what we buy and use is the single best way to minimize waste, and reducing food waste leads the list. Environmental Leader Magazine reports that one-third of all food grown worldwide never gets consumed, about 1.3 billion metric tons in all, which represents an economic cost to the global economy of $940 billion.  Food waste is also responsible for adding 3.3 billion metric tons of greenhouse gases into the planet’s atmosphere annually.
  • Check out this TED Talk by Tristram Stuart.
  • Sonoco Sustainability Solutions (S3) Consulting Service helps companies including Unilever, Proctor and Gamble, Kraft-Heinz and Mondelez move toward zero-waste goals. This includes keeping food waste and other organics out of landfills.
  • As consumers, we can all make an effort to purchase “less than picture-perfect” produce at local farmers' markets or by mail. Companies like “Misfits Market” mail delicious fruits and vegetables that supermarkets won’t sell. And, the boxes can be recycled.



  • Here is a recycling opportunity that you may not have considered. A recent webinar by SC Wildlife Federation highlighted the importance of recycling oyster shells to provide vital habitat for our SC oyster population.

    Presently, South Carolina citizens are throwing away oyster shells while SC DNR’s SCORE program is paying to import shells from neighboring states. SCORE is working to build volunteer recycling teams, so if you are interested email here. See where your local oyster shell public drop-off bins are located here.


  • South Carolina has reached a $600M settlement with the U.S. Energy Department in which the federal government will pay the state the money and remove tons of weapons-grade plutonium from the Savannah River Site. The settlement ends six years of litigation.


Upcoming Events

Recycling Drop-Off
For Residents of Richland and Lexington Counties.
Time: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Irmo High School, 6671 St. Andrews Road
Details here.
“Backyard Abyss to Abundance”
A SCWF free zoom webinar for anyone!
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Details and registration here.
Check back for more free October webinars:

Final day for #GrabABucketSC
Please return grabbers from the kit to KMB for future events.

Final Day for Keep the Midlands Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup
Call (803) 733-1139 for details.
Read about one of America’s top litter problems here.
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