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Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Recycling

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Household hazardous waste (HHW) can harm the environment, especially when disposed of incorrectly. To make getting rid of these materials safe and easy, the Charleston County Environmental Management Department has several drop-off locations.

 

Please note, HHW drop-off locations are available to Charleston County residents ONLY. If you are a business looking to recycle any of the materials listed below, please visit Charleston County’s Business Recycling webpage for more information.

HHW Drop-Off Locations:

Bees Ferry Convenience Center (staffed center)
1344 Bees Ferry Road, 29414
Mon. - Sat. 7:30am - 6:00pm
Sun. 1:00pm - 6:00pm

Charleston County Recycling Center (staffed center)
13 Romney Street, Downtown Charleston 29403
(MAP)
Mon. - Fri. 8:00am - 5:00pm
Closed Saturday and Sunday

All Other Convenience Centers (staffed centers)
Mon., Tues. Thurs. - Sat. 7:30am - 6:00pm
Wed. & Sun. 1:00pm - 6:00pm

West Ashley
Bees Ferry Convenience Center
1344 Bees Ferry Road, 29414

Awendaw
Maxville Road Convenience Center
6380 Maxville Road, 29429

McClellanville
River Road Convenience Center
1775 River Road, 29458

Edisto Island
Edisto Convenience Center
2844 Highway 174, 29438

Wadmalaw
Wadmalaw Convenience Center

1558 Liberia Road, 29487

Hollywood
Hollywood Convenience Center
5305 Highway 165, 29449

Adams Run
Adams Run Convenience Center

8326 Old Jacksonboro Road, 29426

What Is Household Hazardous Waste?  

Electronics

It is important to recycle electronics rather than throwing them away because they often contain valuable resources such as precious metals (gold or silver), more common metals (aluminum and copper) and engineered plastics. Recycling electronics helps to recover the materials that, although valuable, can be harmful to the environment and to also conserve landfill space.

 

We suggest donating working electronics to charity. But if your electronics are not in working order, you can bring them to any one of Charleston County's eight Recycling Convenience Centers that accept electronics.

 

The Environmental Management Department recycles electronics with the state-contracted company, Creative Recycling.

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Electronic Items Accepted by Charleston County

  • Home office equipment: CPUs, monitors (color and b/w), laptops, hard drives, keyboards, mice, printers, copiers, scanners, fax machines, adding machines, calculators, telephones, cell and cordless phones, PDAs, pagers and shredders.
  • Audio visual equipment: TVs, VCRs, stereos, radios, camcorders, CD players, DVD players and cassette players.

Recommendation: Before donating or dropping off your electronic items for recycling, delete your personal information.

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Household Cleaners & Polishes

Kitchen and bathroom cleaners, glass cleaners, bleach, ammonia, drain openers, oven cleaners, rug and upholstery cleaners, and silver, copper and chrome polishes.

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Pesticides & Repellents

Weed killers, Insecticides, fungicides, slug bait, rose dust, mothballs, flea powder, insect and tick repellents, rodent baits, wood preservatives, lawn fertilizer and pesticide combination products.

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Automotive & Other Products

Used motor oil and gasoline, brake and transmission fluid, antifreeze, household batteries, car batteries and battery acid, pool chemicals and NiCad batteries, cooking oil, fluorescent tubes and compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL's).

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Used Motor Oil & Cooking Oil

In South Carolina, residents are required by law to recycle used motor oil. If you get oil changes at a dealership or automotive store, the business recycles the oil on-site. If you change your own oil, you must recycle it.

 

Never throw used oil in the trash, dump it on the ground or into a lake, river, sewer, septic tank or storm drain. Used motor oil is insoluble and contains heavy metals that can contaminate water supplies, harm ecosystems and threatens public health. One gallon of used motor oil improperly disposed of can pollute one million gallons of drinking water - enough to supply 50 people for a year. One pint of improperly disposed of used motor oil can produce a one-acre slick on the surface of a body of water.

 

Many auto part retail stores will collect used oil from residents who change their own oil. Residents can also drop off used motor oil for recycling at the County’s Convenience Centers.

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Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs, or CFL's, have become widely popular for their environmental and financial benefits of saving energy. Although beneficial, CFL's do contain a small amount of mercury, which is hazardous to humans and the environment. Disposing of CFL's correctly is crucial. Charleston County recycles CFL light bulbs, and residents can bring their old CFL light bulbs to one of the eight Convenience Centers located throughout the County that accepts CFL's.

 

The emission of mercury into our environment is very dangerous and can cause health problems amongst humans. Dispose of your CFL bulbs correctly and safely by ensuring the bulbs do not break. For more information on how to correctly dispose of CFL bulbs, contact the Environmental Management Department at (843)720-7111 or visit the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's mercury web page.

Why can't CFL light bulbs be picked up with curbside recycling?

CFL's cannot be picked up at the curb because they have a high probability of breaking and releasing mercury into our trucks. Drivers exposed to mercury are in danger of negative health risks. As is the case for all hazardous materials, we need each resident to act responsibly and bring their light bulbs to Charleston County's Convenience Centers.

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How Do I Recycle Paints & Solvents?

Water-base (latex) or oil-base paint, paint thinner, rust remover, turpentine and furniture stripper can be recycled at the County’s any of Charleston County’s eight convenience centers.

Click here to find out how you can buy recycled paint at the Bees Ferry Convenience Center.

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