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Electronics recycling and shredding hailed success
Beaufort County Solid Waste and Recycling officials have labeled their recent Electronic Goods Collection and Document Shredding event a big success.
More than 700 residents brought in their broken computers, televisions and other electronic devices, which filled three tractor trailer loads.
“This level of participation by our residents confirms that they want us to pursue environmental exceptionalism and we intend to do just that,” County Administrator Gary Kubic said. The contractor hauled the goods to its plant where it will be shredded into components of plastic and various metals for sale to manufacturers. Lead and other materials will be removed for reuse. Shredding trucks also shredded more than 20,000 pounds of personal documents during the event.  By recycling this material; the county saved at least $700 in disposal and hauling costs.
Beaufort County will be offering these recycling events quarterly with the next event scheduled for November 5. For more information, call (843) 255-2734.

County treasurer announces two-week amnesty
Beaufort County Treasurer Doug Henderson announced today that fees will be waived on past due real and personal property taxes during a two-week period from August 22 through September 2. Henderson said the one-time amnesty program is an effort to convert thousands of dollars of debt into revenue. “These are difficult times for most people and we hope this program will help those who are delinquent make good on their taxes. We are also concerned that the fees on delinquent taxes are higher than the actual amount of taxes due. I am hoping this program will be a win-win situation for all concerned.” Motor vehicles are not included in the amnesty program since those taxes are collected by the South Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles. Boats, most mobile homes, rental properties and real properties, however, are included in the treasurer’s amnesty program. For more information about the amnesty program, or to view a listing of all delinquent properties, visit the treasurer’s pages of the county website, www.bcgov.net.

Gently Used Book Store extends hours at library
Friends Of Beaufort Library is extending the hours of the Gently Used Book Store to include the first Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Gently Used Book Store is located in the Beaufort branch library, 311 Scott Street. The book store offers a wide variety of gently used books, DVDs, and CDs for all ages and interests with prices starting as low as 50 cents.  For additional information, please call 843 812-3574.

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