Keeping the Midlands Beautiful, even through ashes

Jacq Buck joined Tyler Ryan to talk about the Keep the Midlands Beautiful's fire and moving forward

COLUMBIA SC (WOLO)–The Columbia headquarters of Keep The Midlands Beautiful was severly damaged December 15 by ane electrical fire.  While no one was hurt, according to Executive Director Jacq Buck, they did loose must of the operational infrastructure.  According to Buck, however, the mission continues.  “All the phones are forwarded,” says Buck, pointing out that the organization is looking for temporary housing, as it may be a few months before they can move back in.

Buck also says that although the fire has been a setback, the groups signature holiday program, Grinding of the Greens will proceed as usual.

Trees can be dropped off between December 26, 2017 and January 11, 2018.

Keep the Midlands Beautiful asks participants to follow these guidelines:

  • Remove all lights, tinsel and ornaments from the tree. Also remove tree from stand.
  • Drop off trees only. Wreaths, garland and other greenery are not accepted.
  • Remove tree from bag. Also remove , any string, wire or ties on the tree.

Free mulch made from the recycled trees will be available to the public at the following two locations on
Saturday, January 13 from 8:30 AM until the mulch runs out:
South Carolina State Farmers Market (3483 Charleston Highway, West Columbia)

Seven Oaks Park (200 Leisure Lane; near the intersection of St. Andrews & Piney Grove roads)

Christmas Tree Drop-off Locations
Richland & Lexington Counties
December 26, 2017– January 11, 2018


  • Ball Park Road-301 Ball Park Rd, Lexingtion,M-W-F, Sat 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM, Sun 3– 7PM.
  • Bush River Rd– 6109 Bush River Rd Columbia. M-W-F, Sat 7 AM – 7 PM, Sun 3 – 7 PM.
  • Caughman Rd Park– 2800 Trotter Rd Hopkins M-F 2-9PM, Sat 9-8 PM, Sun 1-6PM
  • City of Columbia Compost Facility –121 Humane Lane, Columbia.
    (off Shop Road across from SPCA). M-F, 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Chapin– 103 Distant Lane ,Chapin . M-W-F, Sat 7 AM – 7 PM, Sun 3 – 7 PM.
  • Clemson Institute for Economic & Community Development – 900 Clemson Road.
  • Crooked Creek Park – 1098 Old Lexington Highway, Chapin. (next to Chapin Middle School). Daily 7:30 AM – 11:00
  • Edmund-325 Landfill Lane, Lexington. M-W-F, Sat 7 AM – 7 PM, Sun 3 – 7 PM.
  • Forest Lake Park– 6820 Wedgefield Road Columbia . M-F 2-9PM, Sat 9-8 PM, Sun 1-6PM
  • Fort Jackson Recycling Center – Building #6568 on Lee Road, Fort Jackson. (Enter the Fort through Gate 2 on Forest
    Drive. After
  • Burger King, turn left onto Lee Road.) M-F, 7:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Sat 8:30 – 3:30 PM.
  • Friarsgate Park – 1712 Chadford Rd., Irmo. M-F 2-9PM, Sat 9-8 PM, Sun 1-6PM
  • Hollow Creek Tree Farm – 228 Windmill Road, Gilbert.
  • Lexington Co. Sandhills Collection Center – 3241 Charleston Hwy., Cayce. M-W-F, Sat 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM, Sun
    3:00 – 7:00 PM.
  • Lower Richland Drop-off Center-10531 Garners Ferry Rd.
  • Polo Road Park – 730 Polo Road, Columbia. M-F 2-9PM, Sat 9-8 PM, Sun 1-6PM
  • Richland Co. C&D Landfill – 1070 Caughman Road, North
    (off Monticello). M-F 8:00 AM – 6:30 PM, Sat 12:30 – 5:30 PM
  • Richland County Tennis Center-7500 Parklane Road, Columbia M-TH, 9:00 am-9:00 pm; Fri, 9:00 am-6:00 pm; Sat,
    9:00 am-3:00 pm
  • Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church– 5503 Sunset Blvd. Lexington, SC 29072
  • Seven Oaks Park – 200 Leisure Lane, Columbia. (Near the intersection of St. Andrews and Piney Grove Roads.)
  • South Carolina State Farmers Market – 3483 Charleston Highway, West Columbia.
  • Southeast Collection Center–538 Martin Neese Rd, Swansea M,W F& Sat 7AM-7PM Sun 3PM-7PM
  • St. Andrews Park- 920 Beatty Rd, Columbia 29210. Open Mon, Wed, Fri 2 -9 PM, Sat 9 AM-8 PM, Sun 1-6PM

You can also learn more about the programs, and help support Keep The Midlands Beautiful while they await their new building HERE

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