Horry County, S.C. (WPDE) — On Wednesday, Horry County Solid Waste Authority and Horry County Schools celebrated America Recycles Day.
As part of an ongoing project, staff and children in eligible school cafeterias are throwing unwanted food and scraps in composting bins.
Last year, the district was able to convert 1.5 million pounds of waste into compost.
Greg Sponseller is the sustainability analyst for Horry County Schools.
He says teaching recycling and living an environmentally friendly lifestyle begins in the classroom.
“We’ve also seen them take it home and they are able to look at how they can do things in their own house and they can talk to their parents and other family members about how important it is to reduce the amount of waste is,” said Sponseller.
He also says, through recycling and collecting food waste, communities can help feed people in need, create products and energy, divert material from landfills and create jobs.