plastic

So called "fluff" made from plastics, paper and Styrofoam typically not recyclable but will be used as fuel
Victoria Hansen/ SC Public Radio

Imagine a world without recycling bins where what can be repurposed is; and discarded items that are typically left at landfills become fuel.  That's the world RePower South, a new recycling company, wants to build.

Pondering Plastic - Wildlife, Bans and Trash

Mar 26, 2019
Voldemort, a loggerhead being treated at the South Carolina Aquarium's Sea Turtle Hospital
Victoria Hansen/SC Public Radio

He weighs less than five pounds, but Zazu had big belly problems when he was rescued off the Isle of Palms coast nearly three months ago.  The tiny, green sea turtle had eaten plastic, all kinds of plastic; part of a balloon, clear sheets of plastic and material from a grocery bag. 

The juvenile  turtle is the 23rd patient admitted to the South Carolina Aquarium’s sea turtle hospital because of sea debris.  He swims in a private tank next to 17 others now in recovery, including a 260 pound loggerhead named Voldemort who got caught up in crab traps nearly a year ago.

Plastic Bags

Aug 25, 2017

You may be aware that plastic bags and some plastic packaging are not allowed in many curb side recycling bins and the reason is that these bags get stuck in the machinery that sort your recycled material. 


Wildlife and Trash

Jun 26, 2015

Reducing, reusing and recycling are the first three steps in any plan to go green.  But even when recycling, you should be careful of how you dispose of certain items that can end up in our eco-system.  Bringing your own reusable shopping bags is the best option, but every now and then it will happen that you end up with a plastic bag or two. 

Repurpose Your Milk Cartons

Aug 21, 2014
Cathy Bradberry
South Carolina Public Radio

The milk carton may be the most prevalent of all plastic containers, but before you send it out with the recycling, repurpose that carton to give it a little more life.