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Single Stream "All-In-One" Residential Recycling

About the Program

Charleston County’s All-In-One Single Stream Recycling Program makes it easier than ever for residents to recycle! With single stream recycling, instead of separating recyclables by type, residents can combine all glass, metal, paper, cardboard, and plastics into one wheeled roll cart. This All-In-One cart-based method of recycling is simpler way for residents to recycle. Instead of carrying multiple bins to the curb, residents are able to simply roll a cart to the curb. This state-of-the-art program utilizes automated trucks to collect recyclables that can be placed together in a single roll cart, as opposed to be separated into two containers for collection via a dual stream program. Rather than using two or more 22-gallon curbside bins, the All-In-One recycling program allows residents to use one 95-gallon roll cart collected once every two weeks. One roll cart has the carrying capacity to store more than 4 times the amount of accumulated recyclable materials than one curbside bin!

All-In-One Recycling Automated Collection Service
All-In-One Recycling Automated Collection service

Program Results to Date

In January 2011, Charleston County’s Environmental Management Department launched a pilot program involving 4,600 homes across the county. The County observed a considerable increase in the amount of recyclable material collected from each residence participating in the All-In-One pilot program. The All-In-One program averaged 21 pounds of recyclable material per home per pickup, a significant increase from the 10 pounds per home per pickup with the standard dual stream curbside bin program. Additionally, the County observed participation rates as high as 70% in All-In-One areas, compared with rates averaging 35%-40% for the rest of the County. Based on the success of the pilot, Charleston County Council decided to expand the All-In-One program, completing delivery of carts to all current service areas in Spring 2014.

All-In-One Recyclable Materials

There is no need for separation with the "All-In-One" Single Stream Recycling Program! Place the following items in your blue recycling roll cart (place items loose into 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

        If it tears, we can take it!



  • 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

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

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.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why recycle?

A: With just a little effort, recycling pays back huge dividends to our community. The benefits of recycling are:

  • Saves energy.
  • Reduces pollution.
  • Conserves natural resources
  • Extends the life of Charleston County’s Bees Ferry Landfill by decreasing the amount of materials buried in the landfill

Q: What is single-stream recycling?

A: Instead of separating your recyclables, you can combine your recyclable materials together in one roll cart for automated collection. The sorting is done for you at the recycling center. All-In-One recycling is easier so that you can recycle more!

Q: When is my collection day?

A: Residential recycling collection occurs every two weeks. To find out the recycling day for your address, click here. Remember to have your cart at the curb by 7:00 a.m.

Q: Can I use my old blue recycling bin?

A: No, only the roll carts can be used for this program due to the type of automated truck being used to service them. We recommend using your smaller recycling bins for recycling stations around your home or you may return your old bins to one of the County’s Convenience Centers.

Q: Where should I place the cart on my pickup day?

A: It is very important that you place your roll cart properly at the curb so the robotic arm can lift it. Keep a clearance zone of 3 feet around the cart, away from mailboxes, parked cars, trash cans or trees. Arrows point toward the street and the handle points toward your home. Lid is closed.

Follow the 3 ft. rule
For more curbside cart placement guidelines, please click here.

Q: When should I put the cart out?

A: Your cart should be at the curb before 7:00 a.m. on your scheduled pickup day. After it is emptied, return it to your garage or backyard storage area to keep it safe and clean.

Q: What about large corrugated cardboard boxes?

A: Corrugated cardboard is valuable for recycling. Please flatten your boxes and put them in the cart. If your boxes do not fit in the cart, break them down and place beside the cart. Please cut large appliance boxes down to sizes closer to 3 x 3 feet so they fit in the truck.

If you have any questions or concerns, call the Charleston County Recycling Center at (843) 720-7111.


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