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Recycling

Where and How to Recycle in Lexington County

Waste Wizard

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.

Recycling

Brochures and Flyers

 

E-wasteRecycling Drop-Off Events

Free recycling drop-off events are offered throughout the county each year to make it more convenient for residents to recycle electronics and other materials, have paper shredded and to safely dispose of hazardous waste. 

 

All 2020 events for electronics and paper shredding have been completed.  To be notified of 2021 events, email tsander@lex-co.com

 

E-waste & HHW

Hazardous waste may be dropped off most months at designated locations and times. 

  • See the November, 2020 hazardous waste drop-off schedule and materials accepted here
  • See the Spring, 2021 hazardous waste drop-off schedule and materials accepted here. 

 

For more information or to receive email notifications of Recycling Drop-off Events, contact Traude Sander, Recycling Coordinator at (803) 785-3340 or tsander@lex-co.com.

  

Recycling BinRecycling 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.
  • See what NOT to recycle in curbside containers here.
  • 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 tsander@lex-co.com.

 

Can TrailerRecycling 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.

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. 
Landfill Materials

Clean Wood RecyclingMulch Pile

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.

Compost Bin

Food Composting

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.

 

Plastic Bag

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 hereNever 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 ground up, mixed with coffee grounds, kitty litter or other undesirable product and thrown away with garbage or may taken to any Lexington County Sheriff's Department and may be put in a drop box.
    • Headquarters: 521 Gibson Road, Lexington, SC 29072Pill Bottle
    • 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.

  • NEEDLES - Place needles in a large, plastic container (e.g. laundry detergent or bleach bottle) with a sealed screw top and preferably label it with "NEEDLES."  Discard with garbage.  Batteries
  • BATTERIES - Learn how to identify battery types and where to dispose of each here
  • INK CARTRIDGES - Take ink cartridges to Office Depot.
  • STYROFOAM - Take Styrofoam containers and egg cartons to Publix.Styrofoam

 

See this handout for more information on specific materials accepted at local stores in Lexington County.

Charitable Donations

  • 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 tsander@lex-co.com.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions