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Environmental Services
About the Division
The Environmental Services Division is responsible for maintaining a clean, safe, and healthy environment for residents and visitors of the City of Charleston.  This division is responsible for the collection of refuse, street sweeping, and enforcement of related environmental codes adopted by the City Council.

Services include garbage collection, trash collection, and street sweeping

Residential Garbage and Trash Collection Flyer – Please Read for Information Regarding collection Policies and Procedures


Labor Day Collection Schedule Changes

Labor Day (Monday, 9/4/17) will be observed as a city holiday. In order to provide service to everyone in a timely manner, garbage and trash collections will be as follows: 

Residential Garbage and Trash Collections
Garbage collections will be delayed by one day.

West Ashley Outside I-526 and Johns Island
Garbage and trash collection will be delayed by one day.
Friday bulk waste routes will be collected on Saturday.

Cainhoy and Daniel Island
Garbage and trash collection will be will be delayed by one day.


Please place your garbage and trash curbside by
6:30 AM the morning of your collection day. Call Environmental Services Division with any questions at 724-7365.


 **Important Changes Regarding Collection of E-Waste**

Electronic waste, or e-waste, comprises just two percent of all waste collected in the United States, but amounts to 70 percent of the toxic waste in our landfills. There are strict regulations in place concerning the handling of e-waste, as many electronics contain lead and mercury, which can result in serious public health and environmental concerns, according to the EPA.

To promote responsible handling and recycling of these materials, on April 1, the City of Charleston will add televisions and any computer products—to include desktop computers, notebook computers, computer monitors and printers—to the category of waste, along with hazardous waste, that the public service department can no longer collect. 

“Like other hazardous materials, the routine collection of e-waste is bad for the health of our citizens and employees, bad for the environment, and an increasingly bad deal for our city’s taxpayers, who are being forced to foot a larger and larger bill for the practice every year,” said Mike Metzler, Deputy Director of Operations of the city’s Public Service Department. 

The move, which was approved by City Council last night, will impose no additional costs on private citizens, who have many convenient options to recycle e-waste for free.

First, Charleston County residents can drop off e-waste at the following convenience centers: Romney Street Convenience Center on the Peninsula, Bees Ferry Convenience Center in West Ashley and Signal Point Convenience Center on James Island. More information about other Charleston County convenience centers that accept e-waste, hours and directions can be found here: http://www.charlestoncounty.org/departments/environmental-management/hazardous-recycling.php#electronics.

Second, residents may donate their e-waste to Goodwill, which will ensure that all the data on any computer hard drive is destroyed. Additional information about Goodwill’s e-waste recycling program can be found here: https://palmettogoodwill.org/data-destruction-request-form/.


Holiday Collections
For further information on collections during the holidays, please refer to the holiday schedule.


*** Important Collection Day Changes for Outer West Ashley and Johns Island****

City staff has been working with Carolina Waste and Recycling over the past several months at the request of several neighborhood associations to reduce the number of collection days in their neighborhoods.

Beginning February 1st, all residents being serviced by Carolina Waste and Recycling will have their yard debris and garbage collected on the same day. Yard debris will be collected by a different vehicle and will not be mixed with the garbage. In some neighborhoods, the day the garbage is collected will be rescheduled to match the day yard debris is currently being collected; in other neighborhoods the day yard debris is being collected will be changed. The specific collection days for each neighborhood are detailed in the linked flyers. 

Thank you for your patience as we work to improve this important service and please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have.

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Matt Alltop
Superintendent of Environmental Services
Email

2150 Milford Street
Charleston, SC 29405

Ph: 843-724-7364
Fx: 843-805-3231

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