Charleston Co. to host recycling event

Charleston Co. to host recycling event

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Charleston County's Environmental Management Department will celebrate America Recycles Day by hosting Community Collection Day on Nov. 14.

The event, which is scheduled from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. at the parking lot of J.C. Penney at Citadel Mall, provides residents a location to d rop off unwanted items that are not collected as part of the County's residential curbside recycling program.

America Recycles Day is a nationally-recognized day dedicated to promoting recycling. Sponsored by Keep America Beautiful, the day aims to promote events across the country that educate and encourage citizens to work together to increase recycling in their communities. Last year's event in Mount Pleasant served nearly 250 people and collected more than 5,000 items.

Locally, the event will help divert recyclable material from the Bees Ferry Landfill, will highlight the benefits of reuse and will remind Charleston County residents of other options for disposal.

Goodwill Industries will have staff at the event to collect certain materials for their organization. Cintas will also be on site to shred and recycle confidential documents.

CCEM will accept recyclable material that is normally collected curbside, as well as other recyclable items such as paint and electronic waste that will be recycled or reused by community partners. County staff will also be on hand to answer recycling questions and provide information to citizens.

Items that will be accepted include:

  • Paint
  • Household chemicals
  • Motor oil and cooking oil (in disposable container)
  • E-waste: printers, TVs, computers, fax machines, etc.
  • CDs/DVDs/CD cases
  • VHS tapes/cassette tapes
  • Extension cords/holiday lights
  • All paper products (i.e. cardboard, books, magazines, newspaper, gift wrap, junk mail)
  • Batteries
  • Light bulbs
  • Clean plastic grocery bags and plastic film (i.e. dry cleaning bags)
  • Confidential documents for on-site shredding
  • Goodwill would like to receive clothing, shoes, furniture, functioning appliances, tools and home décor.

Items that will not be accepted include garbage, yard waste, needles, ammunition, medication and non-functioning appliances. CCEM reserves the right to refuse any items.

For more information on recycling, contact Charleston County's Environmental Management Department at (843) 720-7111 or visit

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