Special events generate a significant amount of waste within a short timeframe. Charleston County Government's Environmental Management Department has designed a program to effectively implement recycling at your event.
Charleston County offers the use of ClearStream recycling bins for the collection of recyclables and food waste at special events. The County will loan the bins to community groups, nonprofit organizations, businesses and citizens who plan to collect recyclables and food waste generated at events held within Charleston County.
The Special Event Recycling Program provides equipment for onsite collection of materials, but does not include the removal of materials after an event for processing. There is no charge to use the equipment, but there is a requirement that the equipment be returned in the same condition (refundable deposit details listed below).
The program ensures that waste generated during your event will be diverted from the Bees Ferry Landfill and will be recycled. The number of attendees at an event affects the amount of waste generated. The table below is a helpful guide that can be used to estimate the number of special event bins you will need to collect recyclable materials.
|Projected Number Of Attendees||Number Of Special Event Bins Needed|
|200 or less||2|
|200 - 600||4|
|600 - 1,000||6|
|1,000 +||Contact Charleston County's Environmental Management Department|
To ensure bins are available for your event, contact Charleston County's Environmental Management Department at (843)720-7111 at least 30 days prior to the event to reserve your bins. Up to 15 bins are available at any given time.
Charleston County's special event bins are highly visible, making them ideal for properly collection of recyclable materials. One bin consists of:
Bin lids with the following decals are available:
Note: Charleston County Government does not collect garbage. Your event organizer will need to make arrangements for the removal and disposal of any garbage generated at the event.
Charleston County's Environmental Management Department offers special event bins for collecting organic materials that can be turned into compost. These bins are green and are labeled "compostables."
For smaller events generating a limited amount of food waste, the County encourages self-hauling of the material from the event site to the Bees Ferry Compost Facility. For larger events, you can contact a private food waste hauler to transport your organic material.
Charleston County Government does not collect food waste but has partnered with the following food waste collection haulers. For fees and service options, you should contact each hauler directly:
If you intend to collect food waste at your event, contact Charleston County's Environmental Management Department at least two months prior to the event date to coordinate a successful plan to keep the waste out of the landfill and put to good use as compost.
Bagged recyclable material, excluding food waste, may be dropped off at any Charleston County recycling dropsite location or convenience center. To determine how much recyclable material your event generated, bring your recyclables back to the Recycling Center at 13 Romney Street. Staff can weigh the recyclables for you, which can help set recycling goals for your future events.
Event bins should be picked up at least 24 hours prior to the event and returned no later than one business day following the event. Pick up and return bins at:
A refundable deposit is required in the following amounts:
1-5 bins: $100
6-9 bins: $200
10-15 bins: $300
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