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What does Charleston County Recycle?

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 accepts plastics #1-7, glass, aluminum and steel cans, and all paper including paperboard, cardboard and shredded paper.

Residential Curbside Collection Containers
Charleston County currently has two container types for residents. Please refer to the illustration below.


Additional curbside dual stream recycling bins are available for pick up. Please refer to this list (the blue recycling bin symbol indicates that recycling bins are available).

Recycling roll carts are not available for pick up. When neighborhoods are selected to receive single stream recycling service, residents are notified by mail. Shortly following this initial contact, a new 95 gallon roll cart is delivered to each residence, along with information on how to best prepare the cart for proper curbside service.

Residential Curbside Recycling Schedule
To check your biweekly curbside recycling day, please click here.

Convenience Centers and Dropsite Locations
Convenience Centers are staffed locations throughout the County that accept recyclables, hazardous household materials, electronic waste, yard waste, tires, paint, motor oil, car batteries, battery acid, NiCad batteries, scrap metal, appliances, household batteries, CFL light bulbs, fluorescent tubes, cooking oil, old gasoline, antifreeze and 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.

Charleston County appreciates your participation in our recycling program.

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


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