The free service to citizens is at no cost to Charleston County through its partnership with Green Energy Biofuel.
Cooking oil disposal container | Photo via Charleston County Government
Green Energy Biofuel is an SC-basedalternative fuels company that refines and recycles used cooking oil and other food products from kitchens + food manufacturers — resulting in a biodiesel product.
What’s considered improper disposal of cooking oil? ● Sewer drains ● Kitchen drains ● Ditches ● Anything that leads to our waterways
As oil floats on the surface of water, it acts as a barrier preventing the transfer of oxygen to the water. These oils never safely dissolve in water. The oils are either removed by humans, settle onto wildlife or plants, or bio-degrade after many yearsinto toxic by-products.
Number ○ $10 billion — the budget approved by the SC Senate for the next fiscal year. It includes raises for state employees and teachers. Starting July 1, SC has ~$1.7 billion to spend in the budget due to federal stimulus funds + the economy performingbetter than expected during the pandemic. (WCSC)
Civic ○ As a result of increased sales tax collections, Charleston County is seeing property tax relief. Property owners will notice lower tax billsthis fall with an $8 reduction for every $100,000 in value of their home. 🏡 (The Post and Courier)
TodayIs ○ Our first newsletter of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. During May, we want to highlight prominent AAPI South Carolinians, local AAPI creatives, or Charleston-based AAPI-owned businesses. Know someone we should feature? Let us know here.
Dish ○ Folly Beach’s Wiki Wiki Sandbardebuted a new menu focused on local seafood. Dishes include Fish Curry with eggplant and coconut + the Shrimp Louis Salad with poached shrimp from Tarvin Seafood. 🍤 ○ Brasserie la Banque — a new neighborhood French restaurant — is set to open downtown on Broad Street this summer. Menu items will include Lowcountry bouillabaisse, foie gras dumplings + French liquors. 🥖 (Holy City Sinner)
Job ○ Hotel bookings are down only 12.5% compared to 2019 — which means tourismispicking back up despite the ongoing pandemic. As a result, the service + hospitality industry is looking for more employees and will host a job fair on May 12 in Mt. Pleasant. 🏨 (WCSC)
TryThis ○ Charleston Moves is inviting the community to join their Mobility Month program — a celebration of safe street and bridge access. The events will provide updates on the organization’s priority projects, volunteer opportunities + more. 🚲
Health ○ In an effort to address the opioid epidemic, SC business owner Marshall Hartman of Okra Medical is collaborating with local schools + hospitals to create Safe-Med-Waste —a product that will restrict access to these drugs. 🏥 (WCIV)
It’s a way to shelter and protect your dog while running errands in the area. These sidewalk sanctuaries have a “Puppy Cam” connected to an app, include heat + A/C options, and auto-sanitizing. Learn more about how it works here.
If you’re looking for more ways to treat your Lowcountry pup, check out our list of some local doggie daycares and pet spas. 🐾
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Cause ○ 2021 Virtual Moms’ Run 5K| Mon., May 3-Sun., May 9 | All day | Locations vary | $30 | This run will benefit Postpartum Support Charleston + raise awareness for women struggling with maternal mental illnesses. 👟
Outdoor ○ Marsh Kayaking| Mon., May 3 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Mingo Point, 876 Kiawah Island Pkwy., Kiawah Island | $55+ | Get out and explore Charleston’s marshes. 🚣
TryThis ○ Animal Sculpture Workshop| Mon., May 3-Fri., May 7 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Brookgreen Gardens, 1931 Brookgreen Dr., Murrells Inlet | $650 | In this week-long sculpture class, participants will create a sculpture with a live animal model. 🐂
Art ○ Sip and Paint: If It’s UP!| Mon., May 3 | 6-9 p.m. | Frothy Beard Brewing Co., 1401 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. | $35 | At this Sip and Paint event, participants will paint the balloon house from Up. 🎨
Show ○ Fox Hunt Mondaze| Mon., May 3 | 7:30-10:30 p.m. | Tobin’s Market, 197 Jackson St. | $5+ | Local band Fox Hunt will perform a 3 hour set of “funky blues rock n’ roll.” 🎸
Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in any mentioned events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.
ICYMI: Trevor Lawrence made history last week when he became the first Clemson Tiger to ever be selected first overall in the NFL draft — joining the Jacksonville Jaguars. Also, South Carolina cornerback Jaycee Hornwas selected in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers as the No. 8 overall pick + first defensive player to be selected. 🏈
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