Charleston County Environmental Management (CCEM) manages the collection of recycling and disposal of solid waste at the Bees Ferry Landfill. CCEM provides education and outreach to inform communities about proper solid waste disposal practices and procedures. CCEM has five divisions: Compost, Collections, Landfill, Material Recovery Facility (MRF), and Programs. These divisions manage specific tasks, including: collection, disposal, environmental enforcement, recycling and educational programs.
All residents of Charleston County are provided solid waste and recycling services by the County.
13 Romney Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Administrative Offices at the Recycling Center
Mon. - Fri. 8am - 4:30pm
Bees Ferry Convenience Center (staffed center)
Mon. - Sat. 7:30am - 6pm
Sunday 1pm - 6pm
Charleston County Recycling Center (13 Romney Street, downtown Charleston)
Temporarily closed, recycling containers still available
All Other Convenience Centers (except Signal Point Road
Mon., Tues., Thur. - Sat. 7:30am - 6pm
Wed., Sun. 1pm - 6pm
Signal Point Road Convenience Center
Tues. - Sat. 10:00am - 6:00pm
A. Solid waste includes items such as household garbage, yard waste, white goods, construction debris and commercial waste.
A. Please see the Recyclable Materials list.
A. These items are recyclable but are not picked up with your curbside recycling. These items are accepted at 9 staffed convenience centers from residents only. For a complete list, go to Convenience Center & Drop site Locations.
A. To determine your recycling pick-up day, visit BiWeekly Curbside Pickup Schedule and type in your address for your bi-weekly pick-up day. Or, click here for the countywide map and schedule and click here for the downtown map and schedule. For more information, call (843)720-7111.
A. Single family homes within our curbside service area are eligible to receive a recycling roll cart. For more information, please call (843)720-7111. Our customer service representative will assist you.
A. Please empty and rinse out all containers. Caps may remain on.
A. All household garbage is delivered to the Bees Ferry Landfill or to either of the two transfer stations utilized by Charleston County and then sent to the Oakridge Landfill in Dorchester County.
A. As of July 1, 2008, the Bees Ferry Landfill no longer accepts construction and demolition, vegetative waste or yard debris from private or commercial haulers. Tires may still be delivered for $90 per ton, metal for $30 per ton and municipal solid waste for $66 per ton. Charleston county residents can dispose of one load, up to a ton, of this waste per month at no charge with proper proof of residency. For more information, call (843)571-0929.
A. For this information, visit our buy compost webpage or call (843)720-7111.
A. Residents only, (not businesses), may bring household hazardous materials to any of our nine convenience center locations.
A. Residents can purchase recycled latex paint for just $10 for a five-gallon bucket at the Bees Ferry Road Convenience Center.
Bees Ferry Convenience Center (staffed center)
Monday thru Saturday 7:30am - 6pm
Sunday 1pm - 6pm
Click here for more information on buying paint.
In July 1970, Charleston County Council created a task force which developed a solid waste plan. A year later, the S.C. General Assembly approved an act establishing a solid waste system for Charleston County.
Between 1971 and 1989, the Public Works Department operated two landfills - one for disposal of dry trash and white goods and another which received shredded garbage from the Romney Street Solid Waste processing plant. The County purchased the Bees Ferry Road Landfill to receive excess shredded garbage. Today, Charleston County operates a municipal solid waste landfill and a construction and demolition debris landfill, both permitted by the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), at our Bees Ferry Road facility. It receives dry trash and construction debris and is now the site of County compost and mulch production.
The Montenay Incinerator (formerly Foster Wheeler) is a waste-to-energy facility located near Spruill Avenue in North Charleston and has been in operation since Nov. 1, 1989. This approach of converting solid waste to energy eliminated the need for the Romney Street solid waste shredding facility, which remained closed after Hurricane Hugo and was officially closed on Jan. 1, 1990.
Recycling began as a pilot program with sorting conducted at the Public Works Headquarters in 1989. Curbside recycling began in 1991, and the original solid waste shredding facility was retrofitted to a recovered material processing facility.
A separate Solid Waste Department was created in 1994. Today, the County provides residents with solid waste disposal and recycling services. Manned convenience centers provide garbage and trash disposal and recycling services to citizens residing in the County's rural and unincorporated areas.
In 2009, the Solid Waste and Recycling Department's name changed to Environmental Management.
At the end of 2009, the Monteney Incinerator stopped receiving trash from Charleston County.
Brown Goods - Bulky wastes such as furniture.
C & D (Construction and Demolition Debris) - Also known as dry trash. Discarded solid waste resulting from construction, remodeling, repair and demolition of structures, road construction and land clearing. Included are bricks, trees and stumps, concrete, masonry materials, soil, rock, lumber, paving materials and road spoils.
Recycling - Any process by which materials, which would have otherwise become solid waste, are collected, separated or processed and reused or returned to use in the form of raw materials or products.
White Goods - Appliances such as refrigerators, washing machines, dryers and stoves. These items must be taken to the Bees Ferry Landfill for disposal.
Drop sites - Recycling dumpsters placed in different locations throughout the county that are used to collect recyclables. Drop sites are un-manned.
Bins - Smaller containers used in homes, businesses and at events to collect recyclables. They come in 22-gallon size and are intended for internal collection only; CCEM does not service these at the curb in most instances.
Roll Carts - The recycling roll carts are 95-gallon size and are on wheels with a handle and a lid. Roll carts are part of the All-In-One program where all recyclable materials (paper, cardboard, glass, plastic bottles, aluminum cans, etc.) can be combined in one container rather than separating materials.
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