Lab Essentials
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All About Waste

This guide provides an overview of the solid waste and recovery industries.

The Waste Hierarchy

This guide introduces the core concepts of the “Waste Hierarchy” and the order of preference for action to reduce and manage waste.

How To Start a Waste Sustainability Program

This guide provides an easy way for educators to design and set up their own Waste Sustainability Program.

All About Composting

This guide provides an overview of how to start and maintain composting.

Current Grants
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The DHEC Office of Solid Waste Reduction and Recycling is offering K-12 schools the opportunity to apply for funding from the Recycling Education Grant Program.

The grant program is available to schools to encourage the development of hands-on projects that teach the importance of source reduction and recycling.  Grant funds may be used for the purchase of equipment to support school recycling and/or composting, share table supplies, stadium recycling and recycling related field trips.

Schools may request up to $1,500. Grant applications for the 2018-2019 school year are being accepted until September 30, 2018. One grant application per school will be considered.   Priority will be given to school that did not receive a grant last school year.  

A copy of the instructions and application packet is below.  To request a hard copy of the application, please e-mail SWGRANTS@DHEC.SC.GOV or call 1-800-768-7348.


Download Grant Application Here (pdf)


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