WORLD REFILL DAY
On June 16, people all over the world are invited to decrease pollution from single-use packaging by refilling their reusable bottles, cups and containers. Follow Sustainable Sandhills on Instagram and Facebook to see highlights of local businesses that allow you to refill your cups and containers. You can also help make reuse the new normal by posting on social media with the hashtag #WorldRefillDay. Finally, ask your favorite brands to #ChooseToReuse (resources for businesses to safely implement reusables available here.)
PLASTIC-FREE JULY ECOCHALLENGE
Join Sustainable Sandhills’s team in this fun, easy competition to reduce plastic waste during the month of July. The challenges include advice for money-saving, DIY options to reduce plastic use for things like toothpaste, deodorant, and even pet treats. Sign up for Sustainable Sandhills’s team here.
HELP NC BREAK FREE FROM PLASTIC POLLUTION
According to a report by Oceana, the equivalent of two garbage trucks worth of plastic are dumped into the ocean every minute. Click here to ask Governor Cooper to lead the way in NC and eliminate single-use plastics in state facilities. You can also ask your senator and representative to support the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act. This bill brings together many best practices to reduce waste and improve recycling processes, including a national bottle deposit law. Click here to learn more about the proven strategies included in this bill. At this site, you can also find links to call or email your senators and representative and ask them to be a co-sponsor of the bill.
SCHOOL RECYCLING COMPETITION
In honor of America Recycles Day on November 15, Sustainable Sandhills hosted a recycling competition among classes at Cumberland County Schools. Seven classes achieved “zero contamination” by the end of the competition, and a random drawing was made to choose the winner. Mrs. Vereene’s class at Elizabeth Cashwell Elementary was the proud winner of the competition. They received ice cream for the class, generously donated by The Sweet Palette. The class said the activity helped them learn how recycling helps the planet!
PRINTER CARTRIDGE RECYCLING DRIVE
Did you know that more than half of the printer cartridges sold in the U.S. are estimated to end up in landfills, where they will decompose in about 450 years? By recycling ink cartridges, you can help to divert 38,000 tons of plastic and metal from landfills. Be part of the solution and earn cash for Sustainable Sandhills by participating in our ink and toner cartridge drive! Click HERE to download a flyer to collect printer cartridges at your home or office. Click HERE for the full list of acceptable items. You may bring cartridges for recycling to Allegra Printing, or to our annual e-waste drive.
TAKE THE PLEDGE TO PREVENT LITTER
The team at Sustainable Sandhills is working to address waste management issues through programs to promote recycling, litter reduction, and illegal dumping prevention. You can be a part of the litter reduction effort by taking the 5 For Friday pledge to pick up five pieces of litter every Friday! To learn more, click HERE.
WASTE DISPOSAL FAQ’s
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