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Garbage Collection
About the Service
Garbage Collection serves both residential and commercial customers:
  • Residential garbage is collected once weekly, from standardized containers using semi-automated collection equipment.
  • Commercial garbage is collected six days a week.
    • Restaurant garbage collection is a specialized route and is collected seven days a week.

Garbage Collection Policies
Garbage containers should be placed at the curb no earlier than 6:00 PM the day before scheduled pick-up and removed as soon as possible after pickup, but no later than 6:00 PM on the scheduled pickup days.

Place containers within 2 feet of the curb with handle facing away from curb and at least 3 feet from any obstructions such as vehicles, mailboxes, recycling containers, trees, etc.

To properly fill your garbage container, please follow these guidelines:

  • Drain and wrap or bag wet garbage.
  • Nothing should stick out of the top or hang over the sides of the container.
  • The lid of your container should close.
  • Don't place objects on top of closed lids or in front of containers.

Acquiring a Standardized Residential Container
If you are a new resident to the City of Charleston, you will be issued a garbage container for your household garbage upon request. Please submit an online request or call 723-2278 to request a container.

Residential containers are available in three sizes to suit the needs of the customer. Most customers use a 96-gallon container. A record of each assigned container is maintained to control and ensure against container loss.

Garbage Collection Map
Please use the Garbage Collection Map to determine which days your garbage service will occur.

Matt Alltop
Superintendent of Environmental Services
Email

2150 Milford Street
Charleston, SC 29405

Ph: 843-724-7364
Fx: 843-805-3231

Request a Garbage Container

Report Garbage Not Collected