To learn more, visit recycle.charlestoncounty.org or call Carolyn Carusos at 720-7111.
Downtown residents will join Charleston County’s “All-in-One” recycling in March, when 8,000 more homes are added to the program.
Downtown business recyclingWhat: Cardboard recycling for some downtown businesses. County officials will notify businesses if they can be part of the program.When: The services begins Monday. Charleston County and the city of Charleston will collect cardboard for recycling from some downtown business five days a week. Businesses can put cardboard on the curb by 5:30 a.m. Monday through Friday for collection. King Street merchants should put out their cardboard by 9:30 a.m. All boxes must be flattened. For more information: call 724-7365.
“All-in-One,” or single-stream, recycling allows residents to mix all of their recyclables in one 95-gallon covered roll cart, instead of separating them into separate bins.
The collection schedule also will change. Now, downtown residents’ recycling is picked up on Thursdays. But starting March 18, the peninsula will be divided into six routes, and collection will done on different days.
In addition to homes on the peninsula, about 1,000 homes in I’On in Mount Pleasant will begin the single-stream program next month.
The county will begin delivering the roll carts March 11. People who are being added to the program will be notified by mail.
Recycling program manager Carolyn Carusos said the county recently purchased a smaller truck that will make picking up recyclables on narrow downtown and I’On streets easier.
The additional homes bring the number in the single-stream program to about 50,000, she said. The county collects recycling from about 110,000 residents. It regularly adds new neighborhoods, she said. “We’re doing this inch-by-inch.”
Data previously collected by the county showed that when new neighborhoods were added, the number of homes that participated increased by 67 percent, and the amount of material people brought to the curb every other week grew by 106 percent.
County Council Chairman Teddie Pryor said the county is looking for a site for a new facility to process the material because the current center on Romney Street simply isn’t big enough for the increased volume. He expects county staffers and its solid waste consultant to make a recommendation by the end of March on where to build the new facility.
More new neighborhoods likely will be added to the program in early summer, Carusos said.