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Data and Reports - Recycling

The office is required by the S.C. Solid Waste Policy and Management Act of 1991 to produce three reports annually that focus on solid waste management activities in the state. A description of each of these reports is provided below.

S.C. Solid Waste Management Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2017

This annual report includes a comprehensive overview of the amount and/or composition of waste that is recycled, disposed of and incinerated and the progress of the state and each county toward meeting the state's recycling and disposal goals. The latest report covers fiscal year (FY) 2017 (July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017).

The report is divided into the following sections:

  • Section 1: Details the purpose of the report and outlines the information provided.
  • Section 2: Provides a brief statistical summary of recycling and disposal figures for South Carolina during FY17.
  • Section 3: Includes recommendations for improving solid waste management in the state.
  • Section 4: Highlights the commodities that make up municipal solid waste (MSW) as defined by South Carolina. Facts and figures are provided for each commodity as well as a breakdown of the amount of material collected in each county.
  • Section 5: Provides state overview and a comprehensive county-by-county breakdown of recycling and disposal.
  • Section 6: Summarizes disposal data including remaining capacities for South Carolina's Class 3 landfills and generation rates for MSW and Total Solid Waste (TSW) as well as import and export data. The section also summarizes information about solid waste planning. It also addresses Demonstration of Need (DON). DON refers to the criteria established for geographical placement and allowable annual disposal rates of new and expanding solid waste management facilities.
  • Section 7: Contains a listing of permitted solid waste facilities including landfills, transfer stations and processing facilities.

In addition to viewing the report in individual sections, a full version also is available.

Solid waste management annual reports for fiscal years 200920102011, 20122013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 also are available as PDF files. Please note that some of the PDFs are rather large and may require a few minutes to download.

S.C. State Agencies & Colleges/Universities Recycling & Buying Recycled Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2017

This report summarizes the waste reduction, recycling and buying recycled efforts of South Carolina state agencies as well as state-supported colleges and universities during Fiscal Year 2017 (July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017).

The S.C. Used Motor Oil Recycling Report for Calendar Year 2016

The S.C. Used Motor Oil Recycling Report for Calendar Year 2016 compiles information on the amount of used motor oil collected, the number of used motor oil collection sites and a summary of local governments receiving grant funding from the office. It includes a county-by-county breakdown of the amount of used motor oil collected, the number of used motor oil drop-off locations in each county and the amount of grant funding provided to the county to set up, maintain and expand used oil collection sites. 

This report, while compiled separately, also is included in the "S.C. Solid Waste Management Annual Report."

Recycling by the Numbers

This quick-and-easy reference card provides information about South Carolina's recycling efforts
for Fiscal Year 2016 (July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016).