Transition Program: Moving Away From Single-Use Plastics

in_the_bag_logoThe City of Charleston was awarded a grant from SC DHEC to support a community-wide transition program to move Charleston away from single-use plastics that can't be recycled or composted.  

The grant project pairs perfectly and provides resources to expand the City's efforts to support outreach to residents, businesses and organizations to facilitate a smooth transition period and community adaptation to the new regulations.  

The project will encourage behavioral changes and awareness of existing recycling and composting programs in order to increase rates of recycling and composting, and recycling efficiency, while also reducing waste generated by single‐use plastics.  

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Business SupportSocial Media Post Business Workshops

Business Transition Workshops: October 2019

Flyer for Business Workshops October 2019 Opens in new windowThe workshops were designed to provide establishments with tools and resources to support a smooth transition and adaptation of the new plastic regulations.  

Over 50 businesses and organizations joined us at a free workshop in October!

There were two opportunities to attend, and neither event sold out:

  1.      Monday, October 28, 2019, from 10 to 11 a.m. at 423 King Street (Event Link), -or-
  2.      Wednesday, October 30, 2019 from 6 to 7 p.m. at 1630-2 Meeting Street (Event Link)

Resources for Businesses


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Pick up pre-printed signage at the Permit Center's Revenue Collections counter located at 2 George St. 

Perfect timing for renewing a business license!  (or download PDFs and print at your convenience)  Click for Permit Center hours of operation.

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The grant project is supporting business signage to help encourage community-wide use of reusable bags and bring more awareness to our plastic challenges and the new regulations.  Thank you to all the businesses who provided input on what size and type of signage works for you!  

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Resident SupportSocial Media Post Resident Workshops

Resident Transition Workshops:

December 2019

Flyer for Resident Workshops Opens in new windowThese workshops included a reusable bag and straw giveaway  and encouraged folks to shop with reusable bags!

The workshops were designed to provide residents with tools and resources that will help support a smooth community-wide transition to the new single-use plastic regulations that take effect January 1, 2020.

Over 70 residents joined us at a free workshop in December!  

There were two opportunities to attend:

  1.     Sunday, December 8, 2019, from 1 to 2 p.m. at 1401 Sam Rittenberg Blvd (Event Link), -or-
  2.     Wednesday, December 11, 2019 from 6 to 7 p.m. at 60 America Street (Event Link)

Thank you to everyone who provided input on what reusable bags work for you!  We have met with many folks in the community to gather opinions on the type and size of bags to purchase, and there was strong interest to purchase a variety of types, including insulated bags, cotton bags, and foldaway bags, and  stainless steel straws with cleaners!  Thank you for your input!

Resources for Residents

Charleston County Environmental Management Resources

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Non-Profit Organization Support

Starter Inventory & Reusable Bag Support

An allocation of grant funding has been set aside to assist charitable non-profit organizations that serve food in non-compostable or non-recyclable disposable service ware or utilize single-use plastic bags.  

Please contact us if your non-profit organization is interested in grant funded support for inventory of alternative products to help support a smooth transition for your organization.  

Requests for support are due by January 31, 2020.  Please contact Katie at or (843) 724-3789 and provide the following information:

  • Organization name, address and contact information
  • What service(s) the organization offers, and to how many people and how frequently 
    • i.e. "We serve 1 hot meal per week to about 100 people"
  • What products you currently use that need to be replaced
    • i.e. "We currently serve meals on polystyrene plates"
  • What alternative products you are requesting  
    • i.e. "We request paper plates to use instead of polystyrene"

Contact Us

If you have any questions or would like to get engaged with the project, please contact Katie McKain via email or at 843-724-3789.

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