Community group launches 'Dare to dime' program in Travelers Rest

Video by Let's Keep TR Beautiful.

TRAVELERS REST, S.C. — Local community group Let's Keep TR Beautiful has launched a new program designed to help reduce the use of polystyrene by area businesses and other community organizations.

The group is encouraging consumers to 'dare' businesses to charge them more — 10 cents more, on average — to replace their Styrofoam inventories with biodegradable and recyclable options. The challenge is issued by tagging a local business on social media with #DareToDime.

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"Businesses hear directly from consumers who are able to place a financial investment in what they purchase and in what goes into the ground after it's been used," said Brandy Amidon, a Let's Keep TR Beautiful representative and Travelers Rest Mayor Pro Tem.

Amidon said that once a business was tagged with the DareToDime hashtag, a member of LKTRB would reach out to them and explain the program and its benefits, which includes social media promotion, recognition at City Council meetings, and a Dare to Time window decal.

To qualify for the program, a business must agree to use no polystyrene, more than 75 percent of ‘To Go’ products must be paper based or made of biodegradable material, and the ratio of paper/biodegradable products must exceed 75 percent over plastic products, among other things.

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