Transition Program: Single-Use Plastics


in_the_bag_logoThe City of Charleston was awarded a grant from SC DHEC to support a community-wide transition program to move away from single-use plastics.  

The grant project pairs perfectly and provides resources to expand the City's efforts to support outreach to residents, businesses and organizations to facilitate a smooth transition period and community adaptation to the new regulations.  

The project will encourage behavioral changes and awareness of existing recycling and composting programs in order to increase rates of recycling and composting, and recycling efficiency, while also reducing waste generated by single‐use plastics.  

Resident SupportSocial Media Post Resident Workshops

Resident Workshops Announced for Dec 8 + 11

Flyer for Resident Workshops Opens in new windowThese workshops will include a reusable bag and straw giveaway campaign

The workshops are designed to provide residents with tools and resources that will help support a smooth community-wide transition to the new single-use plastic regulations that take effect January 1, 2020.

Thank you to everyone who provided input on what reusable bags work for you!  We have met with many folks in the community to gather opinions on the type and size of bags to purchase, and there was strong interest to purchase a variety of types, including insulated bags, cotton bags, and foldaway bags, and  stainless steel straws!  Thank you for your input!

Business SupportSocial Media Post Business Workshops

Business Transition Workshops: October 2019

Flyer for Business Workshops October 2019 Opens in new windowThe workshops were designed to provide establishments with tools and resources to support a smooth transition and adaptation of the new plastic regulations.  

Over 50 businesses and organizations joined us at one of two free workshops in October!

There were two opportunities to attend, and neither event sold out:

  1.      Monday, October 28, 2019, from 10 to 11 a.m. at 423 King Street (Event Link), -or-
  2.      Wednesday, October 30, 2019 from 6 to 7 p.m. at 1630-2 Meeting Street (Event Link)

Resources from Business Workshops held October 2019

Signage Support Coming Soon!

The grant project will financially support business signage to help encourage community-wide use of reusable bags and bring more awareness to our plastic challenges and the new regulations.  

Thank you for providing input on what size and type of signage works for you!  The design, style and size of signage is based on feedback received from businesses at the business workshops the end of October.  After hearing lots of input there was strong support for point of purchase table tents that explain the regulations visually and promote reusable bags, in addition to some larger signage that encourages people to shop with reusable bags! 

The signage will be posted here for download as soon as it is available, and will also be available pre-printed for pick-up at the Permit Center's Revenue Collections counter located at 2 George St.

Charleston County Environmental Management Resources

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Non-Profit Organization Support

Starter Inventory / Reusable Bag Support

An allocation of grant funding has been set aside to assist non-profit organizations that serve food in non-compostable or non-recyclable disposable service ware or utilize single-use plastic bags.  

Please contact us if your non-profit organization is interested in grant funded support for inventory of alternative products to help support a smooth transition for your organization.  

Requests for support are due by January 31, 2020 to or (843) 724-3789.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or would like to get engaged with the project, please contact Katie McKain via email or at 843-724-3789.

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