For York County, Recycling Means Business

Feb 11, 2020
York County Photo

Besides bottles, cans, and paper, York County residents can recycle lots of things that might surprise them -- fluorescent bulbs, for instance; shoes; cooking oil. 

But while you can’t put that stuff at the curb, you cantake it to one of the county’s 16 collection centers. Find out what you can take and where you can take it by clicking here.

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.

Reuse Everyday Objects 2

Dec 1, 2017

We’ve been talking about ways to reuse items you already have, so here are a few more ideas to keep you thinking.  Those plastic containers and milk jugs can all be modified into handy scoops, dust pans, and garden trowels.

Reuse Everyday Objects 3

Nov 30, 2017

When you start thinking about all the possibilities, reusing what you already have becomes a fun game.  For example, those large black binder clips can be clipped to your desk and used as electric cord keepers for your computer or even your cell phone charger.

Reuse Everyday Objects 1

Nov 29, 2017

Reusing items you already have is the best way to save money and help the environment.  Recycling is great, but it’s not energy neutral.  However, finding new uses for everyday objects is, so with that in mind, here are a few ideas to get you started.

How to Dispose of Everything

Aug 16, 2017

As you know, there are many items that are now illegal to throw into the landfill either because they contain toxic chemicals, like oil, household cleaners, or paint and paint thinners, or because they contain heavy metals like batteries, cell phones, computers, and electronics.  The question, then, is how do I dispose of these common items?  Most of these items will go to a hazardous waste drop-off site near you. 

Reuse Paper for Wrapping Paper

Dec 16, 2016

Unwrapping gifts this season is so much fun, but that gift wrap accounts for much of the twenty five per cent spike in waste during the holiday season.  So reuse paper you already have to avoid extra waste.

Pizza Box Recycling

Dec 13, 2016

You’re doing your part to recycle, but it can be confusing to navigate the waters of recyclable food containers.  Plastic jugs and milk containers are pretty easy; you can rinse those and send them out with the newspaper and other recyclables, but what about pizza boxes?

School Donations

Aug 26, 2015

Now that the kids are back in school, ask your child’s teachers what recyclable items they could use in their classrooms.  Many teachers have their favorite items and you probably have a few at home that you’ll most likely throw away. 

  Have you ever wondered what happens to all of those items in your recycling bin once they get dumped into the big truck and carried away?  It may surprise you to learn that that is just the beginning of an entire chain of economic activity that results from your efforts to keep re-useable items out of the county landfill. Mike Switzer interviews Jane Hiller, education director for Sonoco Recycling in Columbia. 

Richland Recycle Event September 20, 2014

Sep 19, 2014

Richland County is making is easy for residents to recycle electronics with a special Electronic Recycling Event tomorrow, Saturday September 20th from 7 am to 10:30 am at Brookland Baptist Church Northeast Campus, 1203 Summit Parkway.

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.