City of Beaufort | July 2021
Your monthly news & updates
Welcome to the City of Beaufort's monthly newsletter. Any feedback? Please send to Kathleen Williams, kwilliams@cityofbeaufort.org.

What you need to know about
services with Capital Waste
The City of Beaufort is transitioning from one waste provider for trash, recycling and yard debris pickup to another -- and as many of our residents know, the process has not gone smoothly.

We apologize for the inconvenience and the confused messaging that has taken place as this change happens.

To recap, our new provider is Capital Waste Services, of Columbia, S.C. The outgoing company is Waste Pro. Waste Pro began picking up its bins earlier than we expected, and Capital Waste has delivered the new bins as quickly as possible.

By July 1, every single-family home in Beaufort should have two bins -- a garbage bin and a recycling bin -- from Capital Waste Services. Capital Waste will pick up trash and yard debris on the same day that a homeowner currently has service.

Website

Capital Waste Services now has a new website for Beaufort residents. You can find it here. It includes a Wizard app that will help you find the best method of disposing of something.

Recycling

Recycling services, which will be provided every other week, begin the week of July 5. Please put your recycling bin out on the same day as your trash pickup. Here is what is acceptable and not acceptable in Beaufort County:

  • Corrugated cardboard -- flatten boxes and removed packing peanuts, plastic and bubble wrap, and styrofoam.

  • Mixed paper -- office paper, junk mail, newspapers, magazines, phone books, cereal boxes, shoe boxes, soda boxes.

  • #1 & #2 plastics -- bottles, jugs and jars. Rinse out residue. Do NOT recycle fruit clamshells, plastic bags, plastic toys, plastic furniture.

  • Metal food & beverage cans (aluminum and tin) -- rinse out residue. Do NOT recycle pots and pans or wire hangers.

  • Glass bottles & jars -- rinse out residue and throw away lids. Do NOT recycle glass dishes, drinking glasses, lightbulbs, etc.


Yard debris

Capital Waste insists that yard waste be packaged properly for pickup.

From its website: "Yard waste shall be properly contained, bundled or bagged. Bags shall not exceed 60-gallon capacity or weigh more than 45 pounds. Cans or other containers used to dispose of yard waste must be clearly and easily identified for that purpose. The Contractor shall remove up to the equivalent of two (2) collection truck hoppers of yard waste during any single week of service. It is estimated that two (2) collection truck hoppers of yard waste shall equal the approximate amount of yard waste to occupy an area of four feet cubed (4’ long X 4’ wide X 4’ tall). Piles of limbs and branches longer than four (4) foot in length will not be collected and limbs must be bundled or neatly stacked to allow the Contractor to safely and efficiently remove the debris."

Monthly fee increase

The monthly fee charged by the City of Beaufort to its residents for garbage services has not changed since 2014. Beginning with the July billing cycle, the monthly fee is increasing from $16.20 an hour to $20 an hour.
City passes budget

The City of Beaufort passed its FY 2022 budget on June 22. The $23.7 million budget includes a modest a reduction in property taxes and reflects the City’s expectation that tourism will rebound in the coming year.

Happy Fourth!

Just a reminder: City offices will be closed on Monday, July 5, in honor of the July 4 holiday. We wish everyone a happy and safe Fourth as we celebrate the independence of our country!
Summer break for Council

City Council's last meeting is Tuesday, July 13, before council members take a summer break.

Council will meet again on Tuesday, Aug. 24.
New board members named

At its meeting June 8, Beaufort City Council appointed new members to several boards, and reappointed others. New terms begin July 1.

New ordinance addresses
polystyrene litter
An ordinance that encourages builders to take measures to contain polystyrene litter on construction sites and dispose of it in an environmentally safe method was passed by City Council on June 8.

Kudos to Fire Department!
Thanks to the extensive training many of our firefighters have gone through, the Fire Department can now offer a higher level of medical care when it responds to emergencies.

Are you ready? Water Festival is returning
One of Beaufort's most popular celebrations, the Water Festival, is returning after a year's absence to downtown Beaufort.

The Water Festival will take place from July 16-25 with a variety of events and activities -- including concerts, races, games, air show, an arts and crafts market -- on land and water.

Country singer Rodney Atkins will headline the kickoff Concert in the Park at 7 p.m. July 17 at Waterfront Park.

For a full listing of events, go here.
News from our partners
Lots of work from BJWSA
over the next year
Beaufort Jasper Water Sewer Authority continues to move forward on its galvanized pipe replacement project on many of the streets in Beafufort.

It is also preparing for to build a major large-diameter water transmission main from Robert Smalls Parkway to Duke Street that will improve service for customers.


To register for a virtual community meeting on July 15 to learn more about the water main project, go here.
Appointments needed for
BMH Vaccine Clinic
Effective Thursday, July 1, the Beaufort Memorial Vaccine Clinic will be open on Thursdays from 8 a.m .- 5 p.m. by appointmentTo schedule, go here.
Beaufort Digital Corridor
July events
What's happening at Beaufort Digital Corridor in July:

July 1: Soiree Social Media Grand Opening -- Join Soirée Social Media for its grand opening at 4:30 p.m. to celebrate its new office at the Beaufort Digital Corridor's BASEcamp facility. Don't forget to bring a business card! You can leave one card for a drawing for a free ticket to their intro to Instagram workshop on July 9.

July 9: Soiree Social Media Intro to Instagram Workshop -- This is an introductory Instagram course designed to strengthen your basic understanding of how Instagram works. Join us as we break down the very basics of Instagram for your business and get you set up for success right from the start.

View all upcoming events at https://www.beaufortdigital.com/events
First Friday!

Kick off the long Fourth of July weekend by coming to downtown Beaufort on First Friday, July 2, beginning at 5 p.m. Eat, drink and shop, and enjoy our festive City!
Ribbon cuttings in July
Congratulations to these companies:

Soiree Social Media: 4:30 p.m. Thursday, July 1, Digital Beaufort Corridor, 500 Carteret St., Suite D

Charter One Realty: 11:30 a.m., Thursday, July 22, 203 Carteret St.
Meetings in July
City Council
5 p.m. July 13 Work Session
7 p.m. July 13 Regular Session

Meetings will be held in person at Council Chambers and streamed on the City's Facebook page. You can find agendas closer to the date of the meeting on our website's Agenda Center.

Note: After this meeting, City Council will convene again on Aug. 24.

City boards, task forces
Design Review Board, 2 p.m. July 8
Historic Review Board, 2 p.m. July 14

Meetings will be held via Zoom and streamed on the City's Facebook page. You can find agendas closer to the date of the meeting on our website's Agenda Center.