Specialty Recycling: Collected at 823 Meeting Street
Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs Although beneficial, CFL's do contain a small amount of mercury, which is hazardous to humans and the environment. Disposing of CFL's correctly is crucial. Charleston County recycles CFL light bulbs, and residents can bring their old CFL light bulbs to staffed convenience centers. Residents can also recycle CFL's at participating Lowe's, The Home Depot, and Batteries Plus Bulbs locations. If necessary, CFL bulbs can be brought to the KCB office.
Rechargeable Batteries Rechargeable batteries can be recycled at major retailers (e.g, Lowe's, Best Buy, The Home Depot, Batteries Plus Bulb) that participate in the Call2Recycle Program. The program, free to residents, accepts all dry cell rechargeable batteries weighing up to 11 pounds including Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cad), Nickel-Metal Hydride (Ni-MH), Nickle Zinc (Ni-ZN) and Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) batteries as well as small lead-acid batteries. Residents can also being rechargeable batteries to Charleston County's staffed convenience centers. If necessary, these batteries can be brought to the KCB office.
Household Batteries These can be recycled at Charleston County's staffed convenience center. If necessary, these can be brought to the KCB office.
Wine Corks ReCORK is a company that accepts natural cork for recycling. These are turned into things like soles of shoes and parts of surfboards. Corks can brought to the KCB office. Please bring only natural cork for recycling! Shipping these items for recycling is costly. If you participate in this collection program, please consider donating to help offset our shipping costs. Donations can be made through our Friends of Keep Charleston Beautiful non-profit webpage.
Cigarette Butts and Tobacco Packaging Collected cigarette butts can be brought to the KCB office for specialty recycling through Terracycle. Please drop off cigarette butts in air-tight containers only.
Car Batteries Lead-acid batteries must be recycled in South Carolina. Every county accepts lead-acid batteries, so please make sure to take these to a staffed convenience center for recycling. In addition, most auto parts retailers accept batteries. You also can recycle your old lead-acid battery at the retail location where you buy your new one. There is typically a $7 advance recycling fee on each new battery purchased, so if you return your old battery when buying a new battery, you should receive a credit.
Disclaimer: Keep Charleston Beautiful, nor the City of Charleston, are the organization responsible for residential recycling. For more information about residential recycling and convenience centers, please visit the webpage for Charleston County Environmental Management.