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All sharps shall be placed in an empty bleach, detergent, or other hard plastic or metal bottle or container and labeled with either a premade label that can be obtained for free from SCDHEC or the City of Charleston Environmental Services, or a homemade label with at least three-eighths-inch lettering stating: "WARNING: NEEDLES!" The bottle should then be placed in the garbage container at the top so it is clearly visible to collection crews.
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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 with the link listed below 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.
Trash is defined as yard waste, such as grass clippings, weeds, twigs leaves, etc…
If you have questions about refuse please contact the Environmental Services Division at (843) 724-7364 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unacceptable waste for commercial and multifamily service includes hazardous waste (examples include: paint, auto fluids, nickel cadmium batteries, and household and pool chemicals), electronics (computers, TVs, etc.), concrete, dirt, sod, sand, plaster, shingles, heavy building materials, hot ashes, tires, fluorescent bulbs and flammable or biomedical waste.
Environmental Services Website
Garbage should be placed no earlier than 6:00 PM the day before scheduled pick-up and trash shall not be placed earlier than two days before scheduled pickup. Garbage containers must be removed as soon as possible after pickup, but no later than 6:00 PM on the scheduled pickup days.
- 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.
All leaves, twigs, weeds and grass clippings shall be placed in brown paper bags designed for the purpose of leaf and clippings disposal and placed at the curb. It is the responsibility of the resident to provide the necessary bags. Loose leaves and grass placed at the curb in piles will not be collected. No household garbage may be placed with yard waste for pick-up. Tree limbs and stumps need to be cut into 4 foot lengths and 4 inch diameter and stacked curbside clear of obstructions.
Residents shall place bulk pickup with all doors and drawers removed, if applicable at the curb or edge of pavement only on the date and time assigned by the Environmental Services Division. No white goods shall be picked up by the city unless all doors or drawers are removed.
If your garbage can was stolen or vandalized you need to report it to the Police Department at (843) 577-7434. To order a replacement container, or to report repair/service needs due to vandalism or graffiti, please call (843) 724-7311 or enter an online service request. When calling for service, please give the service address, telephone number, your name and the case number given to you by the Police Department. Please empty and wash out the damaged containers and place them at the curb on the scheduled day of repair.
The City of Charleston does not collect hazardous waste. Please see Charleston County's Household Hazardous Waste Website for further information on how to dispose of hazardous waste. Household Hazardous Waste Website
Household hazardous waste (HHW) can harm the environment, especially when disposed of incorrectly. To make getting rid of these materials safe and easy, the Charleston County Environmental Management Department has nine convenience centers where Charleston County residents can drop off their HHW.
Environmental Services Website
Used motor oil can be dropped off for recycling Charleston County’ Bees Ferry Landfill located at 1344 Bee’s Ferry Road. You may contact them at (843) 571-0929 or visit their website for disposal information.
City Ordinance Section 14-51
Construction or renovation refuse which is generated exclusively by an owner or resident on a residential and/or commercial construction, renovation or demolition project shall be collected by the city when the volume of the said material does not exceed ninety (90) gallons per trash collection cycle.
Environmental Management Website
New Recycling Bin Request Website
Generally, Charleston County recycles glass bottles and jars, aluminum, steel cans and aerosols, plastic bottles and containers (no plastic bags, plastic wrap or Styrofoam) and all paper (no shredded paper), paperboard and cardboard.
Please contact them at (843) 720-7111 for more information.
Charleston County Recyclable List