Environmental Services

Christmas and New Year’s Day Garbage and Trash Schedule

The City of Charleston will be closed on Thursday, December 24th and Friday, December 25th for Christmas Holiday and Thursday, December 31st and Friday, January 1st for the New Year’s Holiday.  In order to provide service to all residents in a timely manner, garbage and trash collection will take place on the modified schedule outlined below.

Peninsula, James Island and West Ashley Inside I-526:

Week of Monday, December 21

Collection will take place one day early with Monday’s routes being run Sunday, Tuesday’s routes being run Monday, Wednesday’s routes being run Tuesday, and Thursday’s routes being run Wednesday.

 Week of Monday, December 28

Collection will take place on a normal schedule.

 West Ashley Outside I-526 and Johns Island:

Week of Monday, December 21

Monday through Thursday, collection will take place on a normal schedule. Friday’s route (12/25) will be run on Saturday, December 26.

 Week of Monday, December 28

Monday through Thursday, collection will take place on a normal schedule. Friday’s route (1/1) will be run Saturday, January 2.

 Cainhoy and Daniel Island:

Collection will take place on a normal schedule. Please note that the new contractor, Capital Waste, will begin on January 4, 2021.

Christmas tree pick up will begin January 4th and will run through February 1st.    

Interactive Map of Garbage Collection Areas

Enter your address in the search bar to find out your Garbage Collection Area and Day of the week. The new route days will start Sept 14th! Click here for a printable map of collection days.

Collection During COVID-19

Garbage collection (items inside of green carts) will continue on schedule. Citizens are reminded that cardboard and other items that are not inside the green garbage cart will not be collected for the safety of the crews. This change is consistent with Charleston County and other area municipalities in an effort to limit employees’ potential exposure to COVID-19. Any excess items that do not fit in the garbage cart can be taken to a Charleston County Convenience Center: https://www.charlestoncounty.org/departments/environmental-management/recycle-locations.php.

Please see the City of Charleston’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 Website for the latest updates.

About the Division

The Environmental Services Division is responsible for maintaining a clean, safe, and healthy environment for residents and visitors of the City of Charleston. This division is responsible for the collection of refuse, street sweeping, and enforcement of related environmental codes adopted by the City Council.

Services include:

Access the Residential Garbage and Trash Collection Flyer - Important Information Regarding Collection Policies and Procedures (PDF).

Please see our COVID 19 Guidelines for Residents.  

New Bulk Collection Day for Carolina Waste Customers (Outside I-526)

Bulk pickup will be on the same day as garbage pickup. This will go into effect on Monday, March 18th. View the Bulk Collection Day Change for Carolina Waste Customers (PDF).