Recycling in Charleston, SC ♻️

Plastics in a pile for recycling
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Tomorrow is Earth Day, so we are answering some frequently asked questions about recycling. 

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What is recycling?
Recycling is any process by which materials – which would otherwise become solid waste –  are collected, separated, or processed + reused or returned to use as raw materials or products. 

How do I get a recycling container?
You can request a bin for single family households, apartments + condos, businesses, or special events here.

What day will my recycling be picked up?
Find your day here by clicking on the color where you live.

What if I have some boxes I need to recycle, can I just place those next to my bin?
No. Everything that you want recycled must be in the bin to be picked up. You can break down or cut the cardboard boxes to size. For bigger items that need recycling, find your nearest dropsite here

What to recycle:
✅ Paper + cartons
✅ Aluminum + steel
✅ Cardboard + paperboard
✅ Plastic containers + bottles
✅ Glass bottles + jars

What not to recycle:
🚫 No plastic bags or film
🚫 No tanglers (cords, hoses, belts, holiday lights, etc.)
🚫 No scrap metal or construction debris
🚫 No food waste
🚫 No textiles 

If you’re unsure about an item, find specifics on what is recyclable here.

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To learn more about the recycling program in Charleston, the Charleston County Environmental Management page has a dictionary of common terms, a history on Charleston recycling, and more. 

Happy recycling, Charleston. ♻️