Garbage Collection

*** Modified Trash Collection Notice ***

Beginning Tuesday, March 31st, neighborhoods in outer West Ashley, serviced by Carolina Waste, will resume normal trash (yard debris) collection.

Beginning Monday, April 6th, Johns Island and Daniel Island, which are serviced by Republic Waste, will resume normal trash collection.

Other areas of the city will transition back to normal trash collection after a special weekly pickup schedule in the month of April. During these weekly schedules, all citizens are asked to have their trash out on Monday, with the understanding that it will be collected at some point during the week as crews move throughout the area. The weekly schedules are as follows:

Over the week of April 5, city crews will collect in West Ashley, inside I-526. The following week of April 12, crews will collect on James Island. Then, during the week of April 19, crews will collect throughout the peninsula. Again, these schedules are weekly, so all citizens are asked to put their trash out on Monday of the appropriate week to ensure that it is collected.

In addition to these schedules, this week the one small truck that is currently available for trash collection is picking up excess debris where possible on the peninsula.

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

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 p.m. the day before scheduled pick-up and removed as soon as possible after pickup, but no later than 6 p.m. on the scheduled pickup days.

Curb Obstructions

Place containers within 2 feet of the curb with handle facing away from curb and at least 3 feet from any obstructions such as:

  • Mailboxes
  • Recycling containers
  • Trees
  • Vehicles
  • Etc.

Garbage Container Guidelines

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 843-724-7311 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 (PDF) to determine which days your garbage service will occur.