Richland County | Includes individual recycling programs for unincorporated Richland County (lime green roll carts), Town of Arcadia Lakes, City of Forest Acres + Fort Jackson | Schedule, items + drop off sites for each municipality
Lexington County | Bins/roll carts free to residents with a subscription to curbside collection by the area’s designated hauler or municipality (like in City of West Columbia) | includes unincorporated Lexington County, Town of Batesburg-Leesville, City of Cayce, Town of Irmo, Town of Lexington, Town of Springdale + City of West Columbia | Schedule, items + drop off sites for each municipality
The following information is for the City of Columbia’s recycling program, but applies to most of the other programs run by Midlands municipalities.
♻️ Who sorts it + how? Sonoco Recycling – a huge packaging company based in Hartsville. They’re the processor handling all of the sorting. Once your recycling is picked up, it’s taken to their facility and the sorting process begins.
Sonoco first sorts by machine, separating items by flats and rounds. • Flats = paper, cardboard, etc. – thus the importance of breaking down boxes • Rounds = glass bottles, plastic cartons, etc. – hence why you’re not supposed to crush cans anymore
After that, the separate piles are sorted by hand. This is why your recycling should be visibly clean – if it’s not clean enough, it could be considered contamination and taken to the landfill.
WaterCooler ○ Last night, Will Muschamp was relieved of his coaching duties for Gamecock Football + offensive coordinator Mike Bobo was named interim head coach. Muschamp coached the Gamecocks for four and a half seasons and held a 28-30 record. (Post and Courier) ○ Irmo native Dustin Johnson won The Masters golf tournament yesterday afternoon with a record-breaking 20-under par finish. The win is his first at The Masters + follows his previous Major win at the 2016 US Open. Johnson is a Dutch Fork High School and Coastal Carolina University graduate. The 2021 Masters tournament is scheduled for April 8-11. (The State) ○ Gamecock Football lost to Ole Miss 59-42 on Saturday. During the game, running back Kevin Harris set a UofSC record with five rushing touchdowns. The Gamecocks will return home this Saturday and take on Missouri at 7:30 p.m.(Cola Daily)
UofSC ○ During a UofSC Board of Trustees meeting on Friday, an official stated the university will get an Apple Store – the first within an hour’s drive of Columbia. The store will be part of the new iCarolina Tech Hub project, will be open to students, faculty, staff and alumni + will carry all Apple products, except iPhones. The school expects an online store to be open by the end of the semester.(Post and Courier)
Holiday ○ Carolina Lights, the holiday light show at the State Fairgrounds, is returning this year from Dec. 5-27. The drive-thru experience will feature over 100 displays(including many new displays and some from last year) + will cost $20 per car, $35 for mini-buses and $70 for buses. (Cola Daily)
Announced ○ Beginning today, Richland Library is expanding services at the Eastover, Northeast, Sandhills and Main location. Limited indoor browsing(in designated areas) + indoor computer use without an appointment is now available at each of these locations. In-person appointments with the Social Work Department are now also available at the Main location.
Community ○ The Town of Lexingtonhas updated its food truck ordinance in an effort to make it easier for food trucks to visit neighborhoods. Now, instead of applying for a permit for each food truck appearance, neighborhoods can submit a one-time letter to the community action team with the Lexington Police Department. (WLTX)
State ○ According to Tourism Economics, tourism revenue in South Carolina is down $5.2 billion since February, which is a 43% decrease from 2019. However, despite the decrease in many industries, SC state parks have reached record revenue each month since May. (CRBJ)
Outdoors ○ Beginning last Friday and running through Jan. 13, Congaree National Park will display the Water/Ways exhibit from the Smithsonian Museum on Main Street, which explores water’s importance to life on Earth. The exhibit is free to the public and open seven days a week.
Giveaway ○ There’s only one week left to enter our Local Giveback Giveaway.Click here to enterso you don’t miss out on having $1,000 and a COLAtoday Highlight in our newsletter donated to your favorite local organization this holiday season. The winner will be announced right here in our newsletter on Tues., Nov. 24.
Drink ○ Winc delivers a world of wine right to your door. Take their simple 6 question palette quiz and get wine paired to your taste preferences.Bonus: You’ll receive 40% off + free shipping(i.e. 4 bottles for just $39). Score. 🍷 Ⓟ
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Azalea Coffee Bar, a newly announced coffee shop that supports women, has officially found a home on Devine Street next to Craft and Draft and Copper Penny(2700 Devine St.).
From the looks of their Instagram, it appears they may have some news about an opening soon. Keep an eye outhere.
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Holiday ○ Vista Lights 2020 | Mon., Nov. 16- Sun., Nov. 22 | 11 a.m.-10 p.m. | Congaree Vista | Free | Watch Vista businesses light up for the holidays as they host a week of special events. 🎄
Film ○ Movie at the Speedway: Cars | Mon., Nov. 16 | 7 p.m. | Columbia Speedway Entertainment Center | Free | Bring the family to check out the new venue while watching a family classic, Cars. 🏎️
Active ○ Mindful Movement for Everyday Living| Mon., Nov. 16 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. | Virtual | Free | Explore habits for living well as Richland Library Online focuses on building core strength + flexibility into the middle body. 🤸♀️
Arts ○ Mullen 2017-2020 Exhibition| Mon., Nov. 16- Sat., Nov. 21 | 5:30 p.m. | Koger Center | Free | A small group tour led by Philip Mullen, 2020 winner of the prestigious Verner Award for Lifetime Achievement. Call (803) 777-7500 to reserve your spot 🖼️
Cause ○ World Sanfilippo Awareness Day 2020| Mon., Nov. 16 | all day | Virtual | Free | Help spread awareness for this rapidly degenerative + fatal disease. ○ Community Blood Drive| Mon., Nov. 16 – Tues., Nov. 17 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | 111 Maiden Ln., Lexington | Free | The Town of Lexington has teamed up with American Red Cross to replace units typically collected at the Carolina-Clemson blood drive. 🩸
PlanAhead ○ Friendsgiving| Thurs., Nov. 19 | 6-9 p.m. | The Grand on Main | $75| Bring your friends to The Grand for a five-course meal featuring a wine tasting in the private 300 club.🍗Ⓟ ○ Comedy Zone presents Rob Schneider at Segra Park | Fri., Nov. 20 | 7:30 p.m. | Segra Park, 1640 Freed St. |$35+ | *The*Rob Schneider of SNL, The Hot Chick, Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, The Waterboy + more is coming to perform standup at Sega Park. 🎤Ⓟ ○ Virtual Arts & Draughts| Fri., Nov. 20 | 8-9:30 p.m. | Virtual | Price varies | Catch amazing performances, art activities, gallery tours and more, all from home.Ⓟ
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.
Bubbly selection at Bottles | Photo by Brennan Wesley
Picture this: The lights are strung, your table is set, and the holiday feast is calling. Now, what to drink?
As much as we love our seltzers, the holiday season tends to take our taste buds to red wine + brown liquor – so we asked the local experts at Bottles (4410 Fort Jackson Blvd.) what they recommend.
Here are 4 popular, easy-drinking bevs that are perfect for the holidays + available now at Bottles through in-person shopping (with employees on-hand to offer additional customized recommendations), call/email-ahead order, and curbside pickup:
For sparkling savours 🥂 ○ Recommendation: Taittinger Brut La Francaise Champagne France, $39.99 (save $13 at Bottles). ○ The deets: Elegant and fresh with bright core fruits + zesty citrus. ○ Another round: Toast on a budget with the Champagne of Beers.
For cocktail connoisseurs 🥃 ○ Recommendation: Larceny Single Barrel Bourbon, $24.99. ○ The deets: A rush of sweet and bold flavors finished with a touch of bitterness. This barrel is exclusively available at Bottles. ○ Another round:Warm up your holiday with your favorite brown water.
For red wine lovers 🍷 ○ Recommendations: Benton Lane Pinot Noir 2018 Willamette Valley Oregon, $19.99 (save $9 at Bottles). ○ The deets: Rich + deep with flavors of black cherry, boysenberry + cranberry. ○ Another round: Red can’t go wrong when it’s mellow and smooth.
For gift-givers 🎁 ○ Recommendations: Jack Rudy Manhattan Gift Sets ○ The deets: This kit ($39.99 at Bottles) crafts a variety of cocktails (hello, elegant holiday gift). ○ Another round: Stay hydrated and make a cocktail on the rocks.Ⓟ