More homes to receive all-in-1 recycling

Charleston County will begin delivering large, blue "All-in-One" recycling bins this week.

Charleston County again is expanding its “All-in-One” recycling program, but it soon will need a larger building in which to process all the materials it brings in.

County staffers Monday will begin delivering large blue roll carts to about 19,000 homes in Isle of Palms, James Island, Mount Pleasant, North Charleston and West Ashley. In the “All-in-One” or single-stream program, residents can mix all of their recyclables — paper, plastic, glass and aluminum — in one 95-gallon, covered container instead of separating them. The county will begin collecting the larger containers from those residents Oct. 29.

Christina Moskos, community representative for the county’s Environmental Management office, said the county mailed fliers to all homes that would be added to the program.

The additional 19,000 homes bring the number of homes receiving single-stream recycling collection to more than 41,000, Moskos said. The county collects recyclables from about 110,000 homes.

Mitch Kessler, the county’s solid-waste consultant, said the program dramatically increases the amount of recyclables residents bring to the curb each week.

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.

So far, the county’s current Romney Street recycling facility has been able to handle the increase. But the county needs a larger building to accommodate more recyclables as the program expands, Kessler said. It also needs a larger site around the building so it can park the recycling trucks near the facility.

Charleston County previously considered purchasing the 40-acre Garco site near East Montague and Virginia avenues in North Charleston, but decided it wouldn’t meet the program’s needs.

Kessler said he and county staffers now are looking at other sites. He expects them soon to make a presentation to County Council about possible options.

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