CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A joint effort by Charleston County Government and the City of Charleston to encourage downtown businesses to recycle more cardboard kicked off on Monday.
The program will make cardboard recycling easier for those businesses, as Charleston County's Environmental Management Department will now collect cardboard at the curb in commercial areas.
"This opportunity for our commercial district gives the merchants the ability to recycle their cardboard instead of this resource being destroyed," said Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr. "We appreciate the County's assistance, and the efforts with this initiative have been a sterling example of collaboration between area government agencies."
"This program is one more step in keeping Charleston the most livable city in the world while preserving valuable resources," said Riley.
Charleston County Government will also provide educational resources, recycling and processing services as part of the collaborative effort with the City of Charleston.
"We are excited about this coordinated effort with the City of Charleston that encourages downtown businesses to be good stewards of the environment," said Charleston County's Solid Waste Committee Chair and County Council member Anna Johnson.
The county will now pick up all cardboard at downtown businesses and bring it to their recycling center instead of sending it to a landfill which was protocol as recently as Friday.
"Charleston County has only one landfill," says Recycling Coordinator Christina Moskos. "It's a 312 acre site on Bees Ferry Road and unfortunately that landfill is filling up quickly. We only have 20 years left so anything we can do to save that valuable landfill space is really what we are going for."
Starting Monday, the County will have two cardboard pick up times. The first is no later than 5:30 a.m. and the second is four hours later at 9:30 a.m.
Right now, they are scheduled to pick up cardboard five mornings a week.