Monday, 28. October 2019, Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau / Explore Charleston, Business Workshop: Single-Use Plastics Transition Program (10 a.m.)

from 28. October 2019 - 10:00 till 11:00

Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau / Explore Charleston

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It’s in the Bag!
Plan Ahead to Make New Single-Use Plastics Guidelines Easy for You & Your Customers
Beginning January 1, 2020, operations throughout the City of Charleston will be required to eliminate use of single-use plastic carryout and merchandise bags, as well as certain plastic carryout and food packaging items. 
These new measures will mean cleaner city streets and ocean waters, but we know they also will mean big changes for you and your customers. 
Businesses and organizations are encouraged to join us at one of two free workshops.  The workshops are designed to provide establishments with tools and resources to support a smooth transition and adaptation of the new plastic regulations.
There are two opportunities to attend:
     Monday, October 28, 2019, from 10 to 11 a.m. at 423 King Street
     - or -
     Wednesday, October 30, 2019 from 6 to 7 p.m. at 1630-2 Meeting Street (Event Link)

Agenda: Business Workshop (10:00am - 10:45am)

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Welcome and Information on Free Business Signage (5 mins)

Review of new City Code Plastic Regulations and Q&A (10 mins)

Best Practices and Creative Ideas to Manage Financial Implications of Alternatives (10 mins)

Hear from a Business that Made the Transition Already (5 mins)

Roundtable Discussions: Challenges & Solutions  (15 mins)

Table 1: Disposable Service Ware
Table 2: Carryout Bags

Post Workshop: Questions & Vendor Expo (continued)

Vendor Expo!  (9:45am - 11:15am) 
A handful of suppliers will be available showcasing alternative products to test and ask questions and pricing, before, during and after the event.  

Questions?  (10:45am - 11:15am) 
After the event, a table will be staffed to answer any specific questions about the ordinance and acceptable products.  

PLEASE RSVP, space is limited.
This workshop is open to all businesses and organizations (including non-profits!) in the City of Charleston and particularly those which utilize single-use carryout bags and/or disposable food service ware; surrounding communities are also welcome to attend. 

Why Attend?

Understand the New Plastic Regulations!  Learn what is expected of your business or organization to comply and ask questions in-person. 

Ask about Your Products!  Bring in a sample of currently utilized products to verify future compliance.

Test New Products & Engage with Suppliers!  Experience alternative products in-person, and ask suppliers questions about different products and pricing.

Learn from Others!  Hear from business people that have already made the transition, and learn creative ideas other businesses have employed to avoid costs.

Get Free Signage!  Provide recommendations for what types of signage your business would utilize, and sign-up to receive signage free of charge (grant funded) to help educate your customers and cultivate a community-wide behavioral change.  

Get Free Products!  Take home sample products from suppliers to test.  Attendees investing their time at this workshop will also be eligible to sign-up for free (grant-funded) “starter inventory” aimed to help businesses and non-profits in financial need obtain alternative products to initiate a smoother transition period.  

For More Information
For more information about the plastic ordinance, please visit: 

Regional Collaboration! 
The City of Charleston would like to thank all our generous partners who have contributed to this collaborative regional effort, and also to SC DHEC for funding support, thank you!

Business Workshop: Single-Use Plastics Transition Program (10 a.m.), Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau / Explore Charleston event

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