Recycling Day event allows you to drop off items and help local charities

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- "America Recycles Day" is coming up and Charleston County officials are making sure they give residents all the information they need to get become part of the recycling solution.

Charleston County's Environmental Management Department (CCEM) is hosting Community Collection Day to provide residents with a place to drop off unwanted items that aren't collected as part of the regular curbside recycling program.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16, at James Island Elementary School on South Grimball Road.{}

Officials hope to divert recyclable material from the Bees Ferry Landfill and to remind folks of other disposal options.

Pet Helpers, Goodwill, and Habitat for Humanity will have staff members at the event to collect certain materials for their organizations.

"Charleston County's Community Collection Day provides an opportunity for residents to recycle a wide range of items that can be dropped off at one central location while celebrating a national recycling day," said Charleston County's Solid Waste Committee Chair and County Council member Anna Johnson. "This special event supports County Council's 40 percent recycling goal and raises awareness about the principles of reuse and recycling."

Sponsored by Keep America Beautiful, America Recycles Day aims to promote events across the country that educate and encourage citizens to work together to increase recycling in their communities.

Items accepted at the Nov. 16 event:

  • Paint

  • Tires

  • Household chemicals

  • Motor oil and cooking oil (in disposable container)

  • E-waste: printers, TVs, computers, fax machines

  • CDs/DVDs/CD cases

  • VHS tapes/cassette tapes

  • Extension cords/holiday lights

  • All paper products (i.e., cardboard, books, magazines, newspaper, gift wrap, junk mail)

  • Batteries

  • Light bulbs

  • Eyeglasses and hearing aides

  • Tennis balls

  • Clean plastic grocery bags

  • Confidential documents for onsite shredding

  • Pet Helpers would like towels, blankets, pet crates, collars, leashes, etc.

  • Goodwill would like clothing, shoes, furniture, functioning appliances, tools and home dcor

  • Habitat for Humanity would like items from home renovations such as cabinets and sinks


Items NOT collected:

  • Garbage
  • Yard waste
  • Needles
  • Ammunition
  • Medication
  • Non-functioning appliances
  • Charleston County Environmental Management reserves the right to refuse any item(s).

The Charleston County Aviation Authority will also recognize Recycling Day by giving away reusable bags at the CHarleston International Airport.

Their event is on Friday, November 15 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the airport atrium.

While supplies last, passengers and employees can pick up a reusable shopping bag at the CCAA information table.

"The Aviation Authority is committed to recycling and provides recycling containers for cans, glass, paper and plastic throughout the airport for employees, passengers and tenants," said Paul Campbell, director of airports.