Tom and Lynn Ann Faber have been recycling for the past 15 or 20 years. They moved to Sun City Hilton Head from Jamestown, N.Y., where it was mandatory to recycle.
Tom said Waste Management makes it pretty easy to recycle in Sun City. The Fabers don't even have to sort their recyclables. They just put them outside once a week, and the waste disposal and recycling service takes care of the rest.
"It's very painless," he said. "You put them in the bin, and that's it."
So when the Fabers heard that Bluffton and Sun City were chosen to represent South Carolina in the SC Johnson Green Choices Recycling Challenge, it was no big deal to join in the effort. All they had to do was continue recycling and go online at least once a month to log their recycling activity.
The national contest promoting waste reduction and household recycling began the week of July 2 and will run through Dec. 31. One community in each state was chosen to compete. The community with the highest participation rate will receive a $100,000 grant from SC Johnson for a community sustainability project. The winner will be announced in January.
As of press time, a spokesperson with SC Johnson said Bluffton/Sun City was in seventh place. Bluffton mayor Lisa Sulka said if Bluffton and Sun City win, the $100,000 would be split between the two.
Sulka said the Town of Bluffton has provided free recycling pickup for several years, and is dedicated to recycling and cleaning up the environment.
"It's important to all of us," Sulka said. "It's keeping our Earth healthy and doing something for our future generations."