Trash & Yard Waste Collection

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Garbage and Trash Schedule

The City of Charleston will be closed on Monday, January 16th for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  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.

Capital Waste (Daniel Island, Cainhoy)

For Daniel Island and Cainhoy there will be no schedule changes.

Trident Waste (Johns Island, Outer West Ashley)

For outer West Ashley and Johns Island there will be no schedule changes.

City Crews

The Peninsula, Inner West Ashley and James Island will run on a one day delay.  For example, if your garbage is normally picked up on Monday the week of the 16th it will be picked up on Tuesday.  

Christmas Tree Collection

Christmas tree collection will start January 3rd and the final collection week will end February 10th. Trees must be placed curbside so that equipment can reach them. Trees must be free of any decorations and tensile.

Interactive Map of Garbage Collection Areas

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 Service

Trash collection collects dry trash and yard waste for all city residents. Separated trash is collected one time per week.

Trash Collection Policies

Residents should place the trash at the curb no earlier than two days before scheduled pickup. The policies for trash collection are:

  • All leaves, twigs, weeds and grass clippings shall be placed in brown paper bags designed for the purpose of leaf and clippings disposal. It is the responsibility of the resident to provide the necessary bags.
  • Tree limbs and stumps need to be cut into 4-foot lengths and 4-inch diameter and stacked curbside clear of obstructions.
  • Miscellaneous materials, which may include personal construction materials, wood or metal scrap.
  • No household garbage may be placed with yard waste for pick-up.

Large Items & Appliances

To dispose of old appliances and large metal items, place them separately at the curb. Please drain hot water heaters and remove or secure all doors on refrigerators and freezers. Junk, furniture and other bulk items can be placed in their own pile at the curb on your collection day.