Transition Program: Single-Use Plastics


The City of Charleston was awarded a grant from SC DHEC to support a community-wide transition program 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.  


Business Workshops Announced for October 2019!

A first step in the project is a series of community workshops to provide essential tools and resources for businesses and organizations on the topics of recycling, composting, and reducing single‐use plastics. 

Businesses and organizations are encouraged to join us at one of two free workshops.  

The workshops are designed to provide establishments with tools and resources to support a smooth transition and adaptation of the new plastic regulations.

There are two opportunities to attend:

  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)

Please see links for more information.  PLEASE RSVP, space is limited!

Resident Support & Workshops

Stay tuned for more information about workshops for residents!  These workshops will include a reusable bag and straw giveaway campaign!  

Provide your input on what reusable bags work for you!  We have started meeting with folks in the community to gather opinions on the type and size of bags to purchase, and we anticipate purchasing a variety of types, but all feedback is welcome and encouraged.

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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.  

Business Support

Signage Support

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.  

Provide your input on what signage works for you!  Is it a window decal, a stand up sign, what size, what should it say?  The design, style and size of signage will be based on feedback received from businesses at the business workshops the end of October and should be available for businesses to utilize by mid-November.  Please contact us if you are interested in signage!

Starter Inventory / Reusable Bag Support

Businesses in financial need are eligible for "starter inventory" support if they are programmed into the transition workshops and support the spirit of the ordinance, please contact us for more information!

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.