Richland County Recycling Locations

Richland County

Recycling Coordinator: VACANT
Physical and Mailing Address: 1070 Caughman Road North, Columbia, SC 29203
Phone: (803) 576-2440
Fax: (803) 576-2495
Website: Richland County Solid Waste and Recycling

 

*The Lower Richland Drop-Off Center is closed Tuesdays and Thursday due to COVID-19 until further notice.

 

Curbside Collection

  • Aerosol cans (empty)
  • Aluminum cans
  • Cardboard - shipping and pizza boxes
  • Cartons - milk, juice, broth
  • Glass bottles and jars - brown, green, clear
  • Mixed paper - catalogs, magazines, newspaper and inserts, office paper, unwanted mail, paper bags, envelopes
  • Paperboard - cereal boxes, shoe boxes
  • Plastic bottles, jars, jugs and other containers - beverage bottles, yogurt containers, butter tubs, frozen dinner trays
  • Steel cans
  • Telephone books

 

Staffed County Drop-Off Center

1. Richland County Landfill, 1070 Caughman Road North, Columbia, SC 29203
    Phone: (803) 576-2440
    HoursMonday - Friday, 7AM - 4:30PM.; Saturday, 7AM - 12:30PM; CLOSED Sunday

2. Lower Richland, 10531 Garners Ferry Road, Eastover 29044 (just south of Mr. Bunky's Convenience Store on Highway 76/378)
    Phone: (803) 776-2324
    HoursMonday - Saturday, 8AM - 5:00PM; Sunday, 12:30PM - 5:00PM

CENTER COLLECTS:

  • Aluminum cans
  • Antifreeze
  • Appliances, large - refrigerators, washers, dryers
  • Batteries, lead-acid - car, truck, boat
  • Cardboard - shipping and pizza boxes
  • Cartons - milk, juice, broth
  • Cooking oil
  • Farmer oil (up to 55 gallons)
  • Fluorescent bulbs
  • Glass bottles and jars - brown, green, clear
  • Household electronics - televisions, computers, computer monitors, printers and other electronic equipment
  • Mattresses (ONLY ACCEPTED at the Landfill)
  • Oil/gasoline mixtures
  • Paint, latex
  • Paper - catalogs, magazines, newspaper and inserts, office paper, unwanted mail, paper bags, envelopes
  • Paperboard - cereal boxes, shoe boxes
  • Plastic bottles, jars, jugs and other containers - beverage bottles, yogurt containers, butter tubs, frozen dinner trays
  • Telephone books
  • Tires
  • Used motor oil and oil filters

 

Unstaffed County Drop-Off Site

Clemson's Sandhills Research and Education Center, 900 Clemson Road
HoursTuesday, Thursday, Friday - Sunday, 9AM - 6PM; CLOSED Monday and Wednesday

SITE COLLECTS:

  • Aerosol cans (empty)
  • Aluminum cans
  • Cardboard - shipping and pizza boxes
  • Cartons - milk, juice, broth
  • Cooking oil
  • Glass bottles and jars - brown, green, clear
  • Mixed paper - catalogs, magazines, newspaper and inserts, office paper, unwanted mail, paper bags, envelopes
  • Paperboard - cereal boxes, shoe boxes
  • Plastic bottles, jars, jugs and other containers - beverage bottles, yogurt containers, butter tubs, frozen dinner trays
  • Steel cans
  • Telephone books

 

Richland County Public Works Facility

Location: 400 Powell Road, Columbia, SC 29203
Phone: (803) 576-2400
Hours: 7 AM to 6 PM

Yard Debris

Residential yard debris such as leaves, pine straw, grass clippings, trimmings from shrubs and trees may be bagged or placed at the roadside in loose piles. Tree limbs must not exceed six feet in length or eight inches in diameter.

By city ordinance, Forest Acres DOES NOT remove debris generated by commercial tree cutters, tree surgeons, or landscapers or construction debris generated by remodeling or repairs. The contractor or resident is responsible for disposal atan approved county landfill.

Burning of any yard debris is prohibited in the city limits.

Appliances/Electronics

Household appliances and electronics are collected from City of Forest Acres Residents only each Friday. Residents must request a pick up no later than the preceding Thursday.

Recyclable household electronics:

  • Computers and computer accessories - keyboards, monitors, printers, scanners, consoles
  • Televisions 40" or smaller, no consoles TVs
  • VCRs, DVD players
  • Power tools, radios, fax machines
  • Other small appliances: microwave ovens, telephones (land and cell), pagers and answering machines

Recyclable appliances:

  • Scrap metal, stoves, refrigerators - remove doors
  • Washers and dryers
  • Bicycles, metal door frames, metal chairs, metal shelves, metal file cabinets
  • Lawn mowers - must be free of gas and oil

Appliances and electronics may also be taken directly to:

Richland County C&D Landfill

Address: 1070 Caughman Road North, Columbia, SC 29203
Phone: (803) 576-2390
Operational Hours: Monday - Friday 7AM - 4:30PM, Saturday 7AM - 12:30PM; CLOSED Sunday

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Town of Arcadia Lakes

Contact: Elizabeth Krajewski
Physical and Mailing Address: 6911-2 N. Trenholm Road, Columbia, SC 29206
Phone: (803) 782-2272
Fax: (803) 787-3338

Curbside Collection

  • Aerosol cans (empty)
  • Aluminum cans
  • Cardboard - shipping and pizza boxes
  • Cartons - milk, juice, broth
  • Glass bottles and jars - brown, green, clear
  • Mixed paper - catalogs, magazines, newspaper and inserts, office paper, unwanted mail, paper bags, envelopes
  • Paperboard - cereal boxes, shoe boxes
  • Plastic bottles, jars, jugs and other containers - beverage bottles, yogurt containers, butter tubs, frozen dinner trays
  • Steel cans

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City of Columbia

Contact: Samantha Yager
Physical and Mailing Address: 2910 Colonial Drive, Columbia, SC 29203
Phone: (803) 545-3800
Fax: (803) 733-8648 
Website: City of Columbia Website
Brochure: City of Columbia

Curbside Collection

  • Aerosol cans (empty)
  • Aluminum - cans, foil, trays and pie pans
  • Cardboard - shipping and pizza boxes
  • Cartons - milk, juice, broth
  • Glass bottles and jars - brown, green, clear
  • Mixed paper - magazines, newspaper and inserts, office paper, unwanted mail, paper bags, greeting cards,envelopes
  • Paperboard - cereal boxes, shoe boxes
  • Plastic bottles, jars, jugs and other containers - beverage bottles, yogurt containers, butter tubs, frozen dinner trays
  • Steel cans
  • Telephone books

Cooking Oil

Cooking oil (cooking oil, fats and greases) is accepted - from households ONLY - at the Public Works facility at 2910 Colonial Drive. The facility is open from 9:30 AM and 3:30 PM, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Please note that cooking oil containers are not accepted for recycling at this site. Please call (803) 545-3780 for more information.

Electronics

Electronics, household equipment (televisions, computers, computer monitors, printers and other electronic equipment) and ALL fluorescent bulbs - from City of Columbia residents ONLY - can be recycled at the PublicWorks facility at 2910 Colonial Drive. Items can be dropped off between 9:30 AM and 3:30 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Please call (803) 545-3780 for more information.

Compost for Sale

This compost is made of yard trimmings from City of Columbia residents.

Location: Humane Lane
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30AM - 5PM 
Details: Compost costs $25 per cubic yard.

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City of Forest Acres

Contact: Joey Paschal
Physical and Mailing Address: 5205 Trenholm Road, Forest Acres, SC 29206
Phone: (803) 782-4719
Website: City of Forest Acres Recycling WebPage

The City of Forest Acres collects garbage, recycling and yard debris once a week at each residence.

On the morning of your weekly garbage collection, your cart must be at the curb by 7 AM. Please remove your cart from the curb by 8 PM of your collection day. Garbage must be placed in roll carts. Recyclable materials must be placed in recycling bins for pickup, but should not be bagged.

Garbage

What to Throw Away

Your roll cart is for disposing of regular household garbage. Please place bagged household garbage in your roll cart. Bag and tie so garbage won't fly! Plastic shopping bags are good to use as garbage bags and you can use the handles as ties. Pet owners: please seal animal waste and cat litter in plastic bags before placing in roll cart. Please do not use your cart for yard waste, recycling, hot ashes, flammable liquids, chemicals, motor oil, hazardous waste or construction debris.

Curbside Collection

Each resident is provided with one recycling bin from the city.

  • Aerosol cans (empty)
  • Aluminum cans
  • Cardboard - flattened shipping and clean pizza boxes
  • Glass - clear, green and brown beverage and food containers (must be clean to be accepted)
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Plastic containers - milk jugs, soda bottles, plastic bottles, jugs, and jars with recycling codes #1-7
  • Paperboard - flattened cereal and shoe boxes
  • Steel cans
  • Telephone books

**NOTE: containers contaminated with food may result in rejection of the entire bin of recyclables

Unacceptable items for curbside recycling:

  • Egg cartons, Plastic bags, Styrofoam of any kind
  • Light bulbs, Dishes or Window pane glass

Public Works facility at the corner of Covenant Rd. and Robert Springs Rd. This facility ONLY accepts the following items:

  • Plastic containers - milk jugs, soda bottles, plastic bottles, jugs, and jars with recycling codes #1 - 7
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Paperboard - flattened cereal and shoe boxes
  • Cardboard - flattened shipping and clean  pizza boxes
  • Aluminum and tin - soda, vegetable and aerosol cans
  • Telephone books

The following items are not collected by the City of Forest Acres, but may be disposed of at Richland County facilities listed below:

  • Gear oil
  • Fuel oil
  • Heating oil
  • Kerosene
  • Hydraulic oil
  • Diesel fuel
  • Automatic transmission oil
  • Motor oil
  • Cooking oil
  • Oil and gas mixture
  • Antifreeze
  • Tires
  • Lead acid batteries
  • Fluorescent light bulbs
  • Paint
  • Propane tanks
  • Helium tanks

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Fort Jackson

Contact: Ernest Dicks
Physical and Mailing Address: 5671 Lee Road, Fort Jackson, SC 29207
Phone: (803) 751-4208 or (803) 751-1576

Unstaffed Base Drop-Off Site

Building 5671, Lee Road

Hours: Monday - Friday, 7AM - 3PM; Saturday, 8:30AM - 3:30PM; CLOSED Sunday

SITE COLLECTS:

  • Aluminum cans
  • Cardboard
  • Glass bottles and jars - green, brown, clear
  • Mixed paper - colored paper, magazines, newspaper and inserts, mixed office paper
  • Pallets (standard size 40" X 48" only)
  • Plastic bottles, jars and jugs - #1-#7
  • Scrap metal
  • Steel cans
  • Telephone books

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Town of Irmo

Contact: Whitt Cline
Physical Address: 7300 Woodrow Street, Irmo, SC 29063
Mailing Address: PO Box 406, Irmo, SC 29063
Phone: (803) 781-7050
Fax: (803) 749-2743
Website: Town of Irmo Recycling WebPage 

Curbside Collection

  • Aluminum cans
  • Cardboard
  • Mixed paper - magazines, newspaper and inserts
  • Plastic bottles, jars and jugs
  • Steel cans

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Additional Used Motor Oil Collection Sites 

Ballentine/Irmo

  • Ballentine Fire Department, 10717 Broad River Road*

Blythewood Fire Department

  • 435 Main Street*

Columbia

  • Advance Auto, 7613 Garners Ferry Road
  • Advance Auto, 7030 Two Notch Road
  • Advance Auto, 3010 Two Notch Road
  • Advance Auto, 4731 Devine Street
  • Advance Auto, 249 Bush River Road
  • Auto Zone, 3108 Two Notch Road
  • Auto Zone, 6121 Street Andrews Road
  • Auto Zone, 9860 Two Notch Road
  • Auto Zone, 255 O'Neil Court
  • Auto Zone, 3601 Main Street
  • Auto Zone, 7710 East Garners Ferry Road
  • Auto Zone, 211 Ricky Lane.
  • Fire Department, 153 Atlas Road* 
  • Pep Boys, 1804 Broad River Road
  • Pep Boys, 2455 Decker Boulevard
  • Walmart Tire and Lube Express Center, 1326 Bush River Road
  • Walmart Tire and Lube Express Center, 5420 Forest Drive
  • Walmart Tire and Lube Express Center, 7520 Garners Ferry Road
  • Walmart Tire and Lube Express Center, 360 Harbison Boulevard
  • Walmart Tire and Lube Express Center, 321 Killian Road
  • Walmart Tire and Lube Express Center, 10060 Two Notch Road

Eastover

  • Eastover Fire Department, 504 Henry Street*

Gadsden

  • Fire Department, 122 Community Center Drive*

Hopkins

  • Fire Department, 1631 Clarkson Street*

Spring Valley

  • Sandhills Fire Department, 130 Sparkleberry Line*

Upper Richland

  • Fire Department, 300 Camp Ground Road* 

Note: Sites marked with an asterisk (*) also accept used oil filters.

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