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The Environmental Management Department manages Charleston County’s recycling and solid waste programs. The County’s material recovery facility, the John L. Jencks Recycling Center, is located downtown at 13 Romney Street. At this facility, recyclable materials are received, processed and sold to remanufacturers.

Charleston County Environmental Management provides single stream recycling collection to single-family households, multi-family communities, schools, and underserved commercial businesses. With single stream recycling, also known as All-In-One Recycling, you can combine paper products, cardboard, plastics, aluminum and glass all together - there is no sorting required, which makes it easier for you to recycle more.

Recycle Right!

Place the following items listed below in your blue recycling roll cart. Please put items loose in the cart, not in bags or boxes.




  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Office paper
  • Envelopes
  • Junk mail/ envelopes
  • Greeting cards
  • Catalogs
  • Shredded paper (please bag)
  • Books/textbooks
  • Coupons
  • Posters
  • Sticky notes
  • Paper bags
  • Wrapping paper



  • Corrugated cardboard boxes
  • Soda/beverage boxes
  • Shoe boxes
  • Gift boxes
  • Clean food boxes (cereal boxes, microwave meals, boxes of rice, etc.)
  • Paper towel rolls
  • Paper egg cartons



  • Aluminum foil (clean, balled 2 inches or larger)
  • Aluminum foil baking pans, pie plates, tins, trays (clean)
  • Empty aerosol (spray) cans
  • Food cans and caps/lids
  • Soda cans and caps/lids
  • Steel and tin cans



  • Jars and caps (labels can be left on containers)
  • Bottles and bottle caps (labels can be left on containers)



  • Water bottles
  • Soda bottles
  • Milk jugs
  • Liquid containers
  • Jars and tubs (yogurt, margarine tubs, etc.)
  • Detergent and all-purpose cleaner bottles
  • Soap and shampoo bottles
  • Rigid plastic product packaging, such as clean rigid clamshell containers (Remove any plastic film or aluminum)
  • Plastic cups

For a list of how to properly dispose of common household items, please click here.

Keep It Out!

Keep the following items out of your blue recycling roll cart:

  • Food waste
  • Yard waste
  • Plastic bags, films, and packaging
  • Styrofoam (cups, egg cartons, take-out containers)
  • Fabric, clothing, and textiles
  • Clothes hangers
  • Garden Hoses
  • Syringes
  • Trash
  • Electronics
  • Batteries
  • Light bulbs and CFLs
  • Large metal items (such as frying pans and metal pipes)
  • Large plastic items (such as Big Wheels or other children’s toys)
  • Tires
  • Household waste and toxic household products
  • Motor oil and cooking oil
  • Paint

Why are these items not accepted?

Charleston County’s material recovery facility uses automated systems to sort and bale the recyclables. Prohibited items will jam and/or damage automated machinery.

Collection Guidelines:

Proper cart placement makes Charleston County’s automated collection safer, cleaner, and more efficient.

  • Place recycling at the curb by 7 a.m. on your recycling day, or the night before
  • Set your cart at least 3 feet away from cars, mailboxes, and trees or shrubbery.
  • Make sure the handles of the cart are facing your house.
  • Only roll carts can be used for this program. Old 22-gallon recycling bins cannot be collected at the curb; feel free to use these bins for recycling stations around your home, or return them to a Charleston County Convenience Center.
  • Please flatten cardboard boxes and place them in the cart. If you have additional cardboard that will not fit into the cart, break down the boxes and place them beside the cart. Please cut large boxes, like appliance boxes, down to 3 x 3 feet so that they will fit into the truck.
  • If your household is consistently overfilling your provided cart, please contact the Recycling Center at 843-720-7111.

Before you recycle:

  • Empty and rinse all containers to remove food residue.
  • Crush recyclables like cans, plastic jugs and bottles.
  • Flatten boxboard and corrugated cardboard.

Drop off these items at one of Charleston County’s 8 Staffed Convenience Centers:

  • Recyclables (listed above)
  • Household hazardous waste
  • Electronic waste
  • Yard waste
  • Tires
  • Paint
  • Motor oil & cooking oil
  • Batteries (car batteries, household batteries, battery acid, NiCad batteries)
  • Scrap metal
  • Appliances
  • Light Bulbs (CFL light bulbs, fluorescent tubes)
  • Gasoline,
  • Antifreeze
  • Propane tanks (caps on propane tanks must be unscrewed and removed)

There are many recycling dropsite locations throughout the County. Please note these locations are un-manned. The following items are accepted at a recycling dropsite: all paper, cardboard, plastics #1-7, aluminum & steel cans and glass.

To view a list of convenience centers and dropsite locations, please click here.

Household Hazardous Waste
Almost every household has hazardous materials that can harm the environment, especially when disposed of incorrectly. To make getting rid of these materials safe and easy, Charleston County’s Environmental Management Department has eight convenience centers located throughout the County. Please click here for a list of materials accepted in our hazardous materials collection program.

  • For assistance with finding outlets for materials that are not accepted in the County program, please visit DHEC’s website.

What is my recycling day?

Residential Curbside Recycling Schedule
Residential recycling service occurs every two weeks. To check your biweekly curbside recycling day, please click here. If you are new to the area and would like to begin recycling at your home, please call (843) 720-7111.

Business Recycling Schedule
Business recycling service occurs once a week. If you have already signed your business up for Charleston County’s Business Recycling Program, please click here to check your weekly recycling day. If you would like to sign your business up for recycling, please call (843) 720-7111.

Apartment/Condo Recycling Schedule
Apartment/Condo recycling service occurs once a week. To find out your apartment or condominium complex's recycling day, or to sign your complex up for new recycling service, please call (843) 720-7111.

Charleston County appreciates your participation in our recycling program.

Remember to recycle at home, at work and at play!



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