HTC hosting Green Fair on April 24

Published: Apr. 8, 2014 at 6:20 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 21, 2014 at 6:36 PM EDT
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HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – The Horry Telephone Cooperative is hosting a Green Fair and Earth Month celebration on Thursday, April 24.

The fair, which will be held at the company's store on Highway 501, will feature drop-offs for items such as telephone directories and e-waste, the chance to sign up for paperless billings with HTC, booths from recycling partners and other organizations with green initiatives, and more. There will also be gifts for the first 100 customers, a live band, prizes, local mascots, and product specials.

Below is a news release from HTC with more information on the Green Fair:

HTC will host a Green Fair and Earth Month celebration on Thursday, April 24, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the HTC store on Highway 501 across from HGTC. HTC, along with other environmentally savvy companies such as the Horry County Solid Waste Authority and Santee Cooper, will present educational programs and provide information about green initiatives at this special event in honor of Earth Month. Everyone is invited to join in the celebration.

Visitors to the Green Fair will be able to:

• Drop off old telephone directories and cell phones for recycling and receive coupons from Wendy's, Auntie Anne's, Medieval Times and,

• Drop off e-waste, any kind of electronic devices, for recycling,

• Sign up for paperless billing,

• Visit booths set up by recycling partners and other organizations to learn about green initiatives, and

• Drop off sensitive documents for FREE onsite shredding by Cintas.

There will also be a FREE gift for the first 100 customers, live band and refreshments, prize drawing, special appearances by local mascots as well as product specials including:

• Purchase a qualifying Samsung Galaxy Smartphone and get a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 for only $149.99,

• Get a $100 bill credit for every new wireless line,

• Sign up for high-speed Internet for as low as $16.95 per month for the first 6 months, and

• Request a FREE home security evaluation

"HTC cares about the environment and is taking action to lessen its environmental impact through several new and existing initiatives including paperless billing, directory and cell phone recycling, e-waste recycling, and recycling bin usage," said Tom Vitt, HTC Director of Marketing. "The purpose of the Green Fair is to encourage recycling and promote green initiatives that are easy to implement in any home or office."

Here are the details regarding green initiatives at HTC:

Paperless Billing Save a stamp. Save a check. Save time.

HTC encourages customers to migrate from paper bills to electronic bills. Although HTC customers have been able to manage and view bills online for several years now, HTC is encouraging customers to go completely paperless by paying their bills using bank draft. This saves customers stamps and time. Paperless statements are convenient and clutter-free. Customers are a click away from savings at My Account on

Some of the benefits of paperless billing include:

- Receive monthly email notification when statements are available for online viewing.

- View, download or print the same information online 24/7 that's on a paper statement.

- View old statements - up to 18 months - free of charge.

- Help the environment by cutting down on paper.

- Reduce mail and paper clutter at home.

Some of the benefits of automatic bank draft include:

• Save time with no more writing checks, buying stamps, etc.

• Safe, secure and confidential.

Directory and Cell Phone Recycling

HTC has taken a leadership role in reducing its eco-footprint with annual directory and cell phone recycling efforts in the spring. Since 1998, over 885,300 directories have been recycled and more than 21,500 cell phones have been recycled in the last 10 years instead of going into landfills. As a result of the recycling programs, HTC has contributed more than $136,000 to public and private schools in Horry and Georgetown Counties over the past 15 years.

Recycling Bins Company-wide

HTC encourages employees to be environmentally responsible by placing recycling bins throughout the organization for paper and plastic waste. Employees are also conservative with energy by turning off lights and powering down computers when not in use.

Green Plus Certification

HTC was awarded Certification in the Green Plus program for its high standard of sustainability initiatives. Developed by the Institute for Sustainability Development, the Green Plus program is a nationwide network of businesses that have challenged themselves to achieve the best environmental practices and have dedicated themselves to being a sustainable business. The Certification is earned through a diagnostic evaluation assessing the business's sustainability efforts across three platforms: People, Planet and Performance.

For more information about HTC and the upcoming Green Fair on April 24, please contact Nicole Hyman, HTC Senior Marketing at 843-369-8498 or To sign up for My Account and paperless billing, visit or stop by any of the nine convenient HTC locations throughout Horry County: Loris, Little River, Myrtle Beach, Towne Centre, Coastal Grand Mall, Murrells Inlet, Socastee, Carolina Forest and Conway (Highway 701 North and Highway 501 across from HGTC).