RXcycle Spartanburg:

Spartanburg County area residents have contributed about 1,751 pounds of unused and expired pills, patches, liquids, inhalers, sharps and other medical supplies by partnering with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency for the past five years.

RXcycle Spartanburg is currently a semiannual event, with plans to expand to a year-round program in 2017.

RXcycle Spartanburg is a partnership spearheaded by Spartanburg Water, with support by the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office, Spartanburg Public Safety, Forrester Center for Behavioral Health, Presbyterian College of Pharmacy, Spartanburg County Recycling, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System and Upstate Forever.

For more information about RXcycle Spartanburg,click here.

Total number of pills collected on National Prescription Drug Take-Back/RXcycle Spartanburg events are:

Date

Lbs collected (pills only)

 

County sites

 

Fall 2012

89

3

Spring 2013    

198

4

Fall 2013

370

8

Spring 2014

167

9

Fall 2015

             335    

               4

Spring 2016 

             320

               5

Fall 2016

             272

               5

Total to date:

1,751

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Paddle Fest:

Outdoor enthusiasts and paddlers, kayakers and boaters of all skill levels
enjoyed a day of tours, races, classes and safety seminars at our Fifth annual Paddle Fest on May 21 at Lake Blalock Park.

Master boat builder and professional sailor Don Rausch guided participants in  a boat building and sailing seminar.

Paddle Fest also included tour-guided and self-guided educational paddle tours, kayak/canoe/SUP races, beginner paddle classes, seminars, and a paddle demo area. Spartanburg Water also hosts non-profit organizations and vendors who offer information about paddling activities.

 

 

United Way of the Piedmont Service Projects:

"Stuff the Bus"

The “Stuff the Bus” project project provides much-needed school supplies to children within the community that may not have the ability to purchase items to begin the 2016 school year. These supplies are not only a great opportunity to assist these students but also act as added encouragement. "Stuff the Bus" allows our employees another opportunity to "Live United" by impacting our local youth. Items donated include calculators, back packs and lunch boxes in addition to a large number of basic school supplies like paper and pencils.

Our 2016 United Way program coordinator David Crosby is shown with United Way's Heather Lother.

 

"Day of Service”

On Saturday April 23, 2016, Spartanburg Water employees, family and friends came together for the annual Day of Service. The volunteer committee, working with the United Way, selected community service projects at the Spartanburg Soup Kitchen, Hope Center for Children, Upstate Family Resource Center, Hub City Farmers Market and TOTAL Ministries.

About 120 volunteers came together to perform tasks ranging from tilling and planting at the Farmer's Market, to painting, removing and hauling shelving, food preparation and unloading a tractor trailer full of food. All together, almost 500 hours were spent helping the selected nonprofit agencies make a difference in Spartanburg County and the local community they serve.

Lake Sweep:

Lake Sweep brings together more than 200 volunteers, including Spartanburg Water employees and their family members, to clean up  trash and debris around Lakes Bowen and Blalock. This effort keeps an average of 20,000 pounds of litter out of the watersheds every year. Lake Sweep is a once-a-year statewide event  in conjunction with South Carolina Beach Sweep/River Sweep - organized by S.C. Sea Grant Consortium in partnership with S.C. Department of Natural Resources - which involves several hundred thousand volunteers in over 75 nations. Every third Saturday in September since 1988, thousands of South Carolinians volunteer to clear trash from our beaches, rivers, lakes, marshes and swamps.

2016's Lake Sweep attracted more than 200 volunteers who removed 17,740 pounds of litter from the area's roadsides and waterways.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event:

Spartanburg County organizations held their 8th Annual Household Hazardous Materials Collection Day on March 26. Spartanburg Water provides resources to assist in the yearly event held at the Spartanburg County Administration Building. Organizers exceeded 2015's numbers: 379 participants disposed of approximately 33 tons of paint and 25 tons of solid materials for a total 58.07 tons of household hazardous waste. This event continues to grow in participation every year, keeping these harmful items out of our homes and our landfill.

Hatcher Garden Water Wise Garden:

Hatcher Garden & Woodland Preserve dedicated a Water Wise Demonstration Garden, handicapped-accessible pathway and upgrades to the Jess Taylor Pavilion. The eight-bed Water Wise Demonstration Garden was financed primarily through a grant from Spartanburg Water. Making the garden wheelchair accessible so everyone could enjoy the low-maintenance, drought-resistant garden was one of the major goals of the project.