Garbage Collection

City of Charleston’s Modified Garbage and Trash Collection Schedule

Residential Garbage and Trash Collection: On Monday, February 17th the City will recognize President’s Day and collections will occur on a one-day delay.  Monday’s (2/17) collection will take place on Tuesday (2/18), Tuesday’s (2/18) collection will take place on Wednesday (2/19), Wednesday’s (2/19) collection will take place on Thursday (2/20), and Thursday’s (2/20) collection will take place on Friday (2/21).

West Ashley Outside I-526 and John’s Island: Collection will take place on a normal schedule.

Cainhoy and Daniel Island: Collection will take place on a normal schedule.

About the Service

Garbage Collection serves both residential and commercial customers:

  • Residential garbage is collected once weekly, from standardized containers using semi-automated collection equipment.
  • Commercial garbage is collected six days a week.
    • Restaurant garbage collection is a specialized route and is collected seven days a week.

Garbage Collection Policies

Garbage containers should be placed at the curb no earlier than 6 p.m. the day before scheduled pick-up and removed as soon as possible after pickup, but no later than 6 p.m. on the scheduled pickup days.

Curb Obstructions

Place containers within 2 feet of the curb with handle facing away from curb and at least 3 feet from any obstructions such as:

  • Mailboxes
  • Recycling containers
  • Trees
  • Vehicles
  • Etc.

Garbage Container Guidelines

To properly fill your garbage container, please follow these guidelines:

  • Drain and wrap or bag wet garbage.
  • Nothing should stick out of the top or hang over the sides of the container.
  • The lid of your container should close.
  • Don’t place objects on top of closed lids or in front of containers.

Acquiring a Standardized Residential Container

If you are a new resident to the City of Charleston, you will be issued a garbage container for your household garbage upon request. Please submit an online request or call 843-724-7311 to request a container.

Residential containers are available in three sizes to suit the needs of the customer. Most customers use a 96-gallon container. A record of each assigned container is maintained to control and ensure against container loss.

Garbage Collection Map

Please use the Garbage Collection Map (PDF) to determine which days your garbage service will occur.