Why Is Composting Important?
Organic material decomposes in landfills without oxygen and releases harmful methane, a potent gas more than 20 times effective at trapping heat in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide. Landfills make up 17% of the United States' methane emissions. Whereas a compost pile decomposes aerobically – with oxygen – producing mainly carbon dioxide. By composting we can substantially reduce harmful emissions and help mitigate climate change.
The program is achieving three goals identified in the City's 2021 Climate Action Plan!
In early 2022, the City of Charleston embarked on a pilot program to test logistics of a potential new compost program whereby residents could drop off food scraps at designated locations. The pilot was grant funded to test the logistics at three initial drop sites, with the hope of a permanent program becoming reality and the number of drop sites expanding in the future.
Expansion and Regional Partners
After a successful pilot, the program is seeking opportunities to expand to new drop sites and reach residents all over the Charleston region!
Charleston County and Folly Beach joined the effort in late 2022, and Isle of Palms in March 2023, each community is now offering composting to their residents by hosting drop sites in the program. Each drop site host will maintain and pay for hauling at their respective sites, while the overall program is managed by the City of Charleston.
The City invites Charleston regional government partners to offer composting to their residents by hosting their own drop sites and joining the effort! Ask us how!
The pilot project was made possible by a generous grant donation from SCDHEC to pilot our first composting program.
Special thanks to Smart Recycling, our contracted hauler, who is being flexible and helping us test options.
Share Our Program
You can help by sharing information about the program with your friends and family. Below are a few social media ads you may share and feel free to share our webpage!
If you have any questions about this program, or would like to request a paper registration form, please contact Katie at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 843-724-3789.