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Posted on: December 17, 2019

Recycle Christmas Trees, Go Green this Holiday Season

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (Dec. 17, 2019) - The Charleston County Environmental Management Holiday Schedule is now posted online. Read below for addition details:

Curbside Recycling Collection

  • There will be no residential curbside collection on Wednesday, December 25 or Wednesday, January 1. Collection will resume on Thursday, December 26 and Thursday, January 2 with holiday makeup days occurring on the day following your regularly scheduled pick up day. Please ensure that your cart is out for pickup before 7am.

Environmental Management Department:

  • Administrative Offices will be closed Tuesday, December 24, Wednesday, December 25 and Thursday, December 26 in observance of the Christmas holiday and will reopen on Friday, December 27.
  • Administrative offices will be closed on Wednesday, January 1 in observance of New Year’s Day.

Bees Ferry Landfill

  • The landfill will open at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, December 24 but will close at 12 p.m. The landfill will be closed on Wednesday, December 25.
  • The landfill will resume normal hours on Thursday, December 26 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • The landfill will be closed on Wednesday, January 1
  • The landfill will resume normal hours on Thursday, January 2 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Staffed Convenience Centers

  • Staffed convenience centers will be closed Tuesday, December 24 and Wednesday, December 25, except the Bees Ferry Convenience Center, which will be open on Tuesday, December 24 from 7:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. and will be closed on Wednesday, December 25.
  • Staffed convenience centers will resume normal hours on Thursday, December 26 from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Staffed convenience centers will be closed on Wednesday, January 1 for New Year’s Day.
  • All staffed convenience centers will resume normal hours on Thursday, January 2.

Charleston County’s Environmental Management Department is asking citizens to go green this holiday season by recycling Christmas trees and by following other helpful tips to lessen the environmental impact.

To recycle Christmas trees and greenery, follow these instructions:

  • Remember to remove all decorations such as lights, tinsel, ornaments, etc.
  • Some municipalities will pick them up curbside, or they can be taken to a convenience center. The trees picked up curbside are transported to the Bees Ferry Compost Facility to be ground and composted.

All paper, including gift wrapping, cardboard and other products (plastic bottles & containers, glass bottles & jars and aluminum & steel cans) can also be recycled through the curbside program and at the numerous drop-site locations and convenience centers located throughout the County. The convenience centers also accept used motor oil, used electronics (televisions, printers, monitors and computers only), household hazardous materials, batteries, paint, and compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs).

Note: Please flatten all cardboard boxes before placing in your recycling cart. If you have oversized boxes, please cut them down to 3 x 3 ft. to ensure they will fit in the recycling truck. Stack extra cardboard next to your recycling cart.

Below are other helpful tips you can follow for environmental awareness this holiday season:

Decorating: 

  • If you buy a live tree, recycle it!
  • Buy LED lights to reduce energy consumption and extend the lifespan of holiday lights.
  • Decorate your tree with household items such as strings of popcorn and berries instead of tinsel.

Gift Giving:

  • Recycle all paper including gift wrap, tissue paper, gift bags, boxes and cardboard.

  • Buy holiday cards printed on recycled paper. Wrap gifts in newspaper comics or wrapping paper made with recycled content.

  • Avoid purchasing over-packaged items. Drop off packaging material such as Styrofoam peanuts and bubble wrap at your local shipping store; they will gladly reuse it.

  • Remember to recycle outdated electronics.

Entertaining:

  • Use reusable cups, plates and utensils.
  • Use cloth napkins and tablecloths instead of disposable ones.
  • Recycle at your holiday party.

Cooking:

  • Compost food waste with yard clippings in a backyard home composting program.
  • Purchase only as much food as needed and be sure to store and prepare properly to avoid food waste generation. Not only will this reduce waste, but it will make your food dollars go further.

For more information on recycling, contact the Charleston County Environmental Management Department at (843) 720-7111 or visit recycle.charlestoncounty.org.

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