Monthly Archives: December 2021

DHEC Encourages Recycling Your Live Trees 

If your family opted for a live tree this year, DHEC’s Environmental Affairs team wants to encourage you to recycle that tree once you are done with the holiday festivities.  
“Recycling natural Christmas trees is a great way to reduce materials going into landfills and also puts nutrients back into our soil through mulching and composting,” said Marty Lindler, Division Director for Land and Waste Management. “Just make sure to remove all of the lights and decorations before participating in ‘Grinding of the Greens’ to mulch your tree!”   

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Registered Dietitian provides tips for healthy holiday eating

The holiday season is upon us, which for many means holiday parties, overcrowded schedules, and extra indulgent meals and treats.

Farrah Wigand, a Registered Dietitian with DHEC and a Certified Specialist in Obesity Weight Management, has provided a few healthy eating and lifestyle gifts to help you lighten up your holidays.

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DHEC Employees Recognized with OLEM Partnerships Award from EPA

Susan Fulmer, manager of the Federal Remediation Section, and Heather Cathcart, Federal Remediation Technical Coordinator, with the Bureau of Land and Waste Management, were recently awarded the Excellence in OLEM Partnerships Award from United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for their participation in the Federal Facility Academy.

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DHEC encourages flu vaccines during National Influenza Vaccination Week

December 5-11 is National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW). NIVW is a national awareness week focused on highlighting the importance of influenza vaccination. It is a call to all Americans 6 months and older to get their annual flu vaccine if they have not already.  

Flu remains a significant public health concern, and this week will serve to remind people that there is still time to get a flu vaccine — the only vaccine that protects against flu — to prevent flu illness and potentially serious complications. 

To learn more about the flu, click here.  

The flu vaccine is available from many providers, including DHEC health departments, doctors’ offices, clinics, pharmacies, schools, and workplaces. For those who have not had either of the two, it is safe to receive the flu and COVID-19 vaccines at the same time. 

Flu vaccines offered at DHEC health department clinics are available by appointment. Call 1-855-472-3432 to make an appointment or go to to find the nearest location.  

For other vaccine providers, visit More information about preventing the flu is available at