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