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Columbia To Expand Recycling To Five Points Bars

Recycling bins like this will be placed in bars and restaurants in Five Points to recycle beer bottles and other glass. Recycling bins like this will be placed in bars and restaurants in Five Points to recycle beer bottles and other glass.

By Derek Phillips

Posted: Sept 21, 2010 11:05am

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control will be assisting Columbia in its efforts to keep the Five Points area clean.

DHEC is giving the City of Columbia a $100,000 grant to place 96-gallon glass recycling bins inside and outside of bars and restaurants in Five Points.  The bins that will be used will be similar to those that are used for residential trash pickup.

Columbia hopes to have its glass recycling program up and running by January 1st.  The Five Points area was a big target because of the large number of beer bottles.

"Glass has value.  It can be recycled over and over again.  It's much better to capture that volume of material rather than filling up landfill space and paying for it to be thrown away," Elizabeth Roskinski, Program Coordinator of Solid Waste Reduction and Recycling says.

The bars and restaurants that will receive the bins believe that this program will help not just the image, but also the environment.

"It'll help our business because it will take up less space in our trash can. It's also good for the environment," said Sam Bowen, Pawley's Front Porch manager.  We all know we should recycle and it'll give Five Points a better name."

In a college town, the new bins will see the beer bottles flow like the hops themselves.

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