Charleston in running for sidewalk recycling program

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Charleston could soon become more green.

County Council has unanimously agreed to pursue a potential partnership with the Southeast Recycling Development Council, which could name Charleston as a pilot location for BigBelly solar waste and recycling stations. Charleston County is one of 20 municipalities in the Southeast to be contacted regarding a potential partnership.

According to the Finance Committee, a challenge to recycling downtown is the general lack of recycling containers in place to deposit material.

BigBelly systems use renewable solar energy and technology and are equipped with a non-compacting single stream recycling bin directly next to a trash compactor.

The finance committee says nearby cities Raleigh and Savannah have reported success using the BigBelly systems. The City of Raleigh collected 12 tons of recyclables from 45 stations during its 12-month pilot program.

The total value of the project is $121,600.

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