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A Note from Jane

I have good news and bad news. The good news from the Environmental Protection Agency is that Americans recycled more food waste and yard trimmings between 2015 and 2017. This means less organic material ended up in landfills where it could give off methane, a greenhouse gas that warms the planet.

But the same report notes that less paper, cans, and plastic were recycled in that same time period. In addition, the average American’s trash increased from 4.48 to 4.51 pounds per day. Read the report here.

We need to do better!

Jane Hiller
Education Director, Sonoco Recycling

Sustainable News

Good Recycling Hygiene

John Kelly at the Washington Post agrees that recycling is good for the planet, and we need to get better at it. He recommends practicing recycling hygiene by learning what is recyclable and what is not.

Visit your local government’s web page to see exactly what they want. And just as important, reduce your overall consumption and reuse as much as you can, including shopping bags. Read the article here.

Sonoco EnviroSense Packing

Sonoco is working on exciting new sustainable packaging initiatives. Crossing a range of packaging materials, including cans made from 100-percent recycled paperboard, rigid plastic packaging containing post-consumer recycled content, mono-material flexible pouches that are recyclable, and innovative packaging made from agricultural fibers, Sonoco’s new EnviroSense™ products are designed to incorporate a number of elements associated with more sustainable packaging.

These attributes include:
  • Reduced environmental impact
  • Optimized package-to-product ratio and shipping optimization
  • Increased use of recycled content
  • Recyclability
  • Fiber sourcing
  • Compostability
  • The use of bio-based materials.
Watch here.
While Sonoco remains committed to reducing its environmental impact and improving the use of recycled materials in its packaging, the Company is also focused on developing initiatives to reduce the nearly $1 trillion global food waste issue, according to President and CEO Rob Tiede. “We believe sustainable packaging provides a key resource in helping achieve the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goal 12.3, which is targeting to halve food waste by 2030.”

Did You Know?

These companies working to solve America’s environmental problems:

Upcoming Events 

Grinding the Greens
Drop-off days to recycle Christmas trees into free mulch.


Free Mulch
Free mulch from Grinding of the Greens will be available at Seven Oaks Park and the State Farmers Market.


Streambank Repair Workshop
Clemson Extension is offering a streambank repair workshop for landscapers and homeowners in early 2020, Please send site suggestions for streambanks in need of repair!

Contact: Karen Jackson

Plan Ahead

Adopt-A-Stream workshop at Clemson Research and Education Center 

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00p.m.

Regional Recycling event at Riverbanks Zoo with Keep the Midlands Beautiful, City of Columbia, Richland County and Lexington County. Will accept tires, electronics, paper shredding, cooking oil, Goodwill donations, and scrap metal.
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