Garbage Collection

Christmas Tree Collection

Christmas tree collection will start January 8th and the final collection will take place the week February 10th. Trees must be placed curbside so that our equipment can reach them. Trees must be free of all decorations and tensile. No artificial trees should be placed out for collection with real trees. 

Presidents Day Garbage and Trash Schedule

The City of Charleston will be closed on, Monday, February 19th  in observance of the Presidents Day Holiday.   In order to provide service to all residents in a timely manner, garbage and trash collection will take place on the modified schedule outlined below. 

 City Crews

The week of Monday, February 19th will run on a one-day delay. Monday routes will be collected on Tuesday; Tuesday routes will be collected on Wednesday; Wednesday routes will be collected on Thursday; and Thursday routes will be collected on Friday.  

 Trident Waste (Johns Island, outer West Ashley)

The week of Monday, February 19th will run as a normal schedule. 

 Capital Waste (Daniel Island, Cainhoy)

The week of Monday, February 19th will run as a normal schedule.

Interactive Map of Garbage Collection Areas

Garbage collection (items inside of green carts) will continue on schedule. Citizens are reminded that cardboard and other items that are not inside the green garbage cart will not be collected for the safety of the crews. This change is consistent with Charleston County and other area municipalities in an effort to limit employees’ potential exposure to COVID-19. Any excess items that do not fit in the garbage cart can be taken to a Charleston County Convenience Center:

COVID 19 Guidelines for Residents.  

Please see the City of Charleston’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 Website for the latest updates.

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.