Beaufort News

Sunday's news briefs

Grind your tree, get free mulch

The annual Grinding of the Greens project has seven locations for Christmas tree disposal.

From 8 to 11 a.m. Jan. 15, trees will be ground into mulch and given to anyone who brings a container to haul it away.

Residents can drop off trees anytime at:

  • Sea Island Parkway on Lady's Island, next to the Huddle House.
  • Pleasant Point Road on Lady's Island at the Family Tree Christmas Tree Farm.
  • Beaufort Plaza at the Plaza Theaters.
  • Naval Heritage Park in Port Royal off Ribaut Road.
  • Ulmer Road near the county tennis courts in Bluffton.
  • Coligny Beach parking lot on Hilton Head Island.
  • The vacant lot across from the intersection of William Hilton Parkway and Squire Pope Road on Hilton Head.
  • Details: Contact Veronica Miller, Keep Beaufort County Beautiful coordinator, at

    Savannah River Site opened to tours

    About 1,500 slots are available for tours of the Savannah River Site nuclear facility.

    Tour dates are set for each month in 2011, starting Jan. 13.

    Tour check-ins begin at 12:30 p.m. at the Aiken County Center for Hydrogen Research off U.S. 278. Guests will be given an overview and safety briefing. The tours will be from 1 to 5 p.m.

    All tours are free. Seats are limited to two people per reservation, and participants may reserve only one tour date a year.

    Details: Go to or call 803-952-8467

    County can recycle used cooking oil

    Used cooking oil can be dropped off for recycling at any Beaufort County convenience center.

    Recyclers are asked to give the oil to an attendant in the original container or in a clean, food container with a secure lid. It should not be left in the used-motor-oil section, according to a news release.

    The recycled cooking oils are processed into animal feed.

    Convenience center locations are listed at on the Public Works Department page.

    Details: Call Carol Murphy at 843-255-2734.