100 Tons of Trash

That’s what Seabrookers dispose of on the average each month. But, less than a third (1/3) of that goes into recycling bins.  FullSizeRender (4)

In the last several months, the Post & Courier and several local TV stations have run features focusing on the challenges of recycling in the Lowcountry. Charleston County closed its recycling facility in anticipation of opening a new and more efficient center in 2017. This has some people asking why we should continue to recycle.

Despite the changing economics of recycling due to the lower prices for crude oil and other factors, every pound of waste that you recycle is a pound that does not go into our local landfills, which are starting to bulge at the seams. With almost 50 people a day moving into the Lowcountry (and who can blame them) landfills will soon become unmanageable.

And no one wants a new dump in his/her back yard. By recycling everything possible we can slow the growth of these expensive and unsightly places.

We have a robust program for recycling here on Seabrook and we should make every possible use of it. You just put the bin out on the curb every Monday without having the inconvenience of separating the different items.

Some of the things you can put in your recycling bin include:

*All types of glass bottles (no pane glass or bulbs)
*Nearly all plastic containers
*Any kind of cardboard or paper including office paper and magazines
*Nearly all steel or aluminum cans

Additionally, on the first Friday of every month you can bring light bulbs, paint cans, batteries, household chemicals or electronics into the Maintenance area near the Community Gardens.  This is the same schedule as the Brown and White Pick Up, where bulk items can be left curbside (where you would normally leave your trash/recycling), including furniture, appliances, grills, lawn furniture, or other similar household items. Please do not take any of these bulk items to the Maintenance Area.

If you don’t have a recycling bin, please contact the SIPOA Office and they will make sure that you get one. Please, let’s all keep Seabrook and the surrounding communities as beautiful as we know they can be.

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Submitted by Richard Seigel, Waste and Recycling SIPOA Environmental Committee

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1 Response to 100 Tons of Trash

  1. Carl Voelker says:

    Great message! We should keep in mind that the low oil prices are temporary. When they return to traditional levels so will the strong demand for recyclable plastics. Meanwhile, recyclable steel and aluminum is still a much cheaper alternative for manufacturing than virgin materials. The story is similar for recyclable paper.

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