The primary goal of the Yard Waste Plastic Bag Ban, effective November 1, 2011, is to eliminate the environmental impact of plastic contaminants, (which do not break down), and to enhance the overall quality of the compost produced at the Compost Facility, making it a more marketable product for resale to residents and commercial landscapers and retailers. Ultimately, the Yard Waste Plastic Bag Ban effectively "closes the loop", so that residents, landscapers, and retailers alike may purchase a high quality compost that is generated, produced, and sold locally.
Curbside and On-site Locations
Local municipalities, towns, public service districts (PSD) and private haulers determine how yard waste is to be assembled and collected at the curb or other on-site location. For more information on how your local service provider would like for you to place your yard waste at the curb (or other on-site location) beginning November 1, 2011, please refer to the Yard Waste Plastic Bag Ban Reference Sheet.
Charleston County Bee's Ferry Landfill and Convenience Centers
Charleston County citizens may bring their yard waste in plastic bags or containers; but, it must be emptied in the designated yard waste drop-off area for disposal without the plastic bags. Yard waste will be accepted loose or in paper yard waste bags only at these locations.
After the November 1, 2011 effective date, Bees Ferry Landfill staff will reject all loads of yard waste containing plastic bagged material. It will be the hauler's responsibility to remove all yard waste from the plastic bags before the rejected load may be brought back to the landfill.
Staff will not allow yard waste in plastic bags to be disposed at County Convenience Centers.
Yard Waste Paper Bags
Many local jurisdictions allow yard waste to be collected in paper bags that may be purchased from local grocery, home improvement, general merchandise, and some nursery retailers. Please contact your local retailer for price and availability information.
A. Beginning November 1, 2011, Charleston County will no longer accept the disposal of yard waste in plastic bags at the Compost Facility at Bees Ferry Landfill, or its Convenience Centers, located in the rural areas of the County.
A. Charleston County is banning the disposal of plastic yard waste bags at the Compost Facility at Bees Ferry Landfill and its Convenience Centers for two primary reasons:
In 2010, Charleston County's Compost Facility at Bees Ferry Landfill received over 59,000 tons of yard waste from municipalities, towns and public service districts, 68% more than the previous year. Despite every effort to manually remove the plastic, it was virtually impossible due to the sheer volume of the incoming yard waste. As a result, Charleston County concluded that the best option was to no longer accept the disposal of yard waste in plastic bags at the Compost Facility.
A. Charleston County citizens may bring their yard waste in plastic bags or containers, but it must be emptied in the designated yard waste drop-off area without the plastic bags. Yard waste will be accepted loose or in paper yard waste bags at these locations.
A. If Charleston County citizens are placing their yard waste by the curb, they need to check with their local municipality, town, public service district (PSD) or private hauler to determine how to place the yard waste at the curb. For more information on how your local municipality, town, PSD or private hauler would like for you to place your yard waste at the curb, beginning November 1, 2011, please refer to the Yard Waste Hauler Reference Sheet.
A. Charleston County Environmental Management staff tried to sort out the plastic bags for over a year, which included spreading out truckloads of yard waste material flat on the ground and hand removing all of the plastic bags. This practice was not only inefficient and very labor-intensive, it was also virtually impossible to do, due to the quantity of yard waste received each week (500 truckloads a week).
A. There are several reasons why compostable plastic bags are not the solution:
A. Actually, your local municipality, town, public service district (PSD) or private hauler determines how they will pick up your yard waste at the curb, and this can vary depending on where you live. Charleston County has, however, made it clear to all municipalities, towns, PSDs and private haulers that it will no longer accept yard waste in plastic bags at the Compost Facility at Bees Ferry Landfill, as of November 1, 2011. If you have questions about how your local municipality, town, public service district or private hauler wants you to prepare this material for collection, please contact them directly. Yard Waste Hauler Reference Sheet.
A. Here are some of the reasons why:
A. Charleston County is only changing the way yard waste (grass clippings, branches, leaves, etc.) is handled at the compost area. How you handle your household trash will not be affected by the ban.
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