Where and How to Recycle in Lexington County
Go to the Waste Wizard or download the free Lexington County SC Solid Waste App from your App Store and use the Waste Wizard included in the App anytime, anywhere to find how to correctly dispose of or recycle any material in Lexington County.
Download the Lexington County Recycling Brochure(PDF) (designed to be printed on legal-sized paper) for information on what and where to recycle, how to get curbside service, and how to buy compost bins, compost and mulch made from clean wood waste.
Recycling Drop-Off Events
The April 25th event scheduled for White Knoll High School has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 crisis. Electronics may be brought to the Edmund Landfill. Paper and household hazardous waste should be kept until our next event.
Three events will be offered around Lexington County in 2020. Lexington County residents are encouraged to bring electronics, paper to be shred on site and other materials accepted at some events such as Household Hazardous Waste, scrap metal, tires and reusable household goods and furniture. Volunteers are on site to help unload materials and residents are encouraged to remain in their vehicles to keep traffic moving as quickly as possible through each drop off station.
See the 2020 Recycling Drop-Off Event Schedule here. (Updated March 27)
See more information about electronics accepted here.
See more information about Household Hazardous Waste accepted here.
Learn how to safety dispose of paint at home here.
Next Recycling Drop-Off Event:
- Saturday, August 29 at Batesburg-Leesville High School from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. See details about this event here and a planned map/layout of the event here.
For more information or to receive email notifications before each Recycling Drop-off Event, contact Traude Sander, Recycling Coordinator at (803) 785-3340 or email@example.com.
Recycling in Curbside Bins
- Download a color postcard showing what should and should not be put in your curbside recycling container and how to prepare the materials.
- Download a one-page guide showing what should and should not be put in your curbside recycling container and how to prepare the materials.
- Go to the Curbside Collection page of this website for detailed information about what should and should not be included in curbside recycling containers.
Although recyclable materials are picked up from the curb in garbage trucks, the trucks make a separate trip after emptying household garbage. Recyclable materials are taken from the curb to Sonoco Recycling in Columbia where automated machines and people separate, bundle and sell them. The better we are at putting the correct materials in our curbside containers, the easier, safer, and less expensive it is to sort them.
Recycle More but Recycle Right.
For more information, contact Traude Sander, Recycling Coordinator at (803) 785-3340 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recycling at Collection and Recycling Centers
- Download a color poster (distributed as a magnet) showing what can be recycled at Lexington County's Collection and Recycling Centers.
- Go to the Collection and Recycling page on this website for information on locations, addresses, hours and details on materials accepted and how to prepare them.
Between April 1 and June 15, Lexington County is partnering with Keep the Midlands Beautiful to collect used, gently worn and new shoes (any style and size) to help people and small vendors in developing countries. Bring shoes to any of Lexington County's Collection and Recycling Centers. See this flyer for information.
Recycling at the Edmund C&D Landfill
- Some materials (electronics, mattresses, propane and helium tanks, refrigeration units) are only accepted at the Edmund C&D Landfill.
- Go to the Edmund Landfill page on this website for the address, hours, details on materials accepted, fees, procedure upon arrival, and more.
Clean Wood Recycling
Lexington County recycles and sells clean wood waste in the form of compost and mulch. Click Organics (clean wood and clippings) Recycling to learn more.
You can save money and help the environment by composting in your backyard. Click Backyard Composting to learn how. Backyard compost bins (80 gallon, 3' tall x 3' wide) are available for sale at the Edmund Landfill for $40. Call (803) 755-3325 for more information.
See DON'T WASTE FOOD SC for more information on preventing food waste.
Recycling at Local Stores
- PLASTIC BAGS - Take plastic bags and certain types of plastic films/wraps to grocery stores, Target, Kohls, Best Buy and Lowes home improvement stores. Learn more about what types of plastic bags and wraps are accepted and where to take them here. Never put plastic bags and wraps in curbside bins or with recyclables at Collection and Recycling Centers.
- PILL BOTTLES & PILLS - Take empty pill bottles and unused medications to some local pharmacies. Some veterinarian's offices will take empty pill bottles to be reused and they are accepted (without labels) at Pets Inc. located at 300 Orchard Dr. in West Columbia. Do NOT put empty pill bottles in recycling bins! Small object get stuck in the sorting equipment and contaminate glass which gets crushed and falls through holes during the sorting process. Unused pills may be taken to any Lexington County Sheriff's Department and may be put in a drop box.
- Headquarters: 521 Gibson Road, Lexington, SC 29072
- North Region Office: 111 Lincreek Drive, Columbia, SC 29212
- South Region: 102 Airport Road, Pelion, SC 29123
- West Region: 4079-D Augusta Highway, Gilbert, SC 29054
Learn more about recycling Prescription Medication and additional options for senior citizens here.
Learn more about how to safely dispose of medications at home here.
- BATTERIES - Take household/single-use batteries to Batteries Plus in Irmo.
- INK CARTRIDGES - Take ink cartridges to Office Depot.
- STYROFOAM - Take Styrofoam containers and egg cartons to Publix.
See this handout for more information on specific materials accepted at local stores in Lexington County.
- Want to donate your car to help others? Learn more about your options and the process here.
- Want to donate household goods, furniture, electronics, and more? Learn more about local options including those that provide pick-up services here.
Want to Recycle Something Not Listed?
Contact Traude Sander, Recycling Coordinator at (803) 785-3340 or email@example.com.
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