Envelopes made of old calendars and maps, bookmarks composed of paint swatches and wine corks composed of torn magazine strips.
These were just some of the ways people learned how to reuse recyclable items Sunday at the York County Museum on Mount Gallant Road.
It was an early celebration for National America Recycles Day, which kicks off Tuesday.
Locals got an early taste of the focus on recycling Sunday at the Museum of York County.
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Since 1997, Nov. 15 has been America Recycles Day, dedicated to promoting recycling and educating people on what can be recycled.
The city of Rock Hill, York County and the Culture and Heritage Museums have been hosting America Recycles celebrations for at least 10 years, said Elizabeth Morgan, environmental educator for the city.
"It's our way to celebrate America Recycles Day," she said, "but we also hope people will learn about what can be recycled and maybe encourage them to recycle."
Hundreds of people wandered in and out of the museum for several hours on Sunday to learn about what can be recycled - but also find uses for those recyclable items.
Multiple activities were geared toward showing visitors just how to do that.
One table showed people how to fold used materials into decorative envelopes, items such as old paper calendars and maps, things that can typically take months to decompose in a landfill.
Gabe Lapham, 9, had just arrived with his parents and made one of these envelopes. He had seen a flyer for the event at his school.
"I wanted to do something fun on Sunday," he said.
He was excited to see what other activities the event would offer.
A museum exhibit that always shows visitors the importance of keeping the Catawba River clean let younger children go "fishing for litter."
Cut-up cardboard from snack items, such as Goldfish, were turned into puzzles for them.
A table popular with visitors was put on by Northwestern High School's Environmental Club, showing visitors how to take a wine cork and add folded magazine strips to the top, resembling a flower.
Postcards and greeting cards were created from similar items.
Another table let people turn paint swatches from stores into bookmarks, a favorite activity for friends 9-year-old Sydnie Kaputa and Addy Hodgson, 10.
"We've had fun," Sydnie said.
Sydnie's parents brought the two after seeing a pamphlet about the event.
"We thought it would be something fun to do on this Sunday afternoon," said Jerry Kaputa.
Mikki Kaputa added that they recycle at home, and they were interested in seeing what other options they might have for the items.
This was a goal organizers hoped for, Morgan said, that people would take these ideas home with them.
Tonight, the Rock Hill City Council will read a resolution honoring America Reycles Day.