By Andrew Cline
Special to The Sun City Packet
Working together with their neighbors in the Town of Bluffton, residents of Sun City Hilton Head can earn rewards for recycling and have a chance to win an even bigger prize for their environmental efforts.
Until Dec. 31, the two communities are representing South Carolina in the SC Johnson Green Choices Recycling Challenge, a contest that aims to increase household recycling participation in 50 communities across the U.S. If Sun City and Bluffton have the highest reported recycling participation, they'll receive a $100,000 grant from SC Johnson to go towards a local sustainability project.
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The winner will be announced in Jan.; the prize money would be split between Sun City Hilton Head and Bluffton based on population. This contest kicks off Waste Management's partnership with Recyclebank, a company that rewards people for their recycling efforts with points towards discounts and deals at businesses including Olive Garden.
Of the about 7,200 households in Sun City, 3,604 are Waste Management customers, Sun City officials have said.
Sun City resident Billye Liberatore recently began logging her recycling progress on Recyclebank. Each week, she gets an email asking her if she's recycled, and when she answers "yes," Recyclebank calculates her points earned. Though she admits she's "not much into the points thing," Liberatore says that she's excited to see a concerted, incentivized environmental effort that Sun City residents can get involved in.
An avid recycler, she hopes to see more people taking their recycling out for Wednesday morning pickup.
"I would love to see more of these recycling bins out," she said.