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Collection and Recycling Centers

* * * COVID-19 Update * * *
All 11 Collection and Recycling Centers are operating on a normal schedule at this time.  Residents are encouraged to stay six feet from staff and from each other. 

WHEN Are the Collection and Recycling Centers Open?

They are Open:

  • Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.
  • Sundays 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

They are Closed:

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • New Year's Day
  • Independence Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

They may also be closed due to severe weather or other emergency situations. Every effort will be made to notify the public if such closings are required. Check the "County of Lexington" Facebook page for unscheduled closings, check this website or call the Solid Waste Management Administrative office at (803) 755-3325.


WHO May Take Material to the Collection and Recycling Centers?

Use of the 11 Collection and Recycling Centers is for Lexington County residents only and material must come from your primary residence.  Businesses may bring material to the Edmund Landfill, located at 498 Landfill Lane, Lexington, SC 29073.    


WHAT Is Accepted At Collection and Recycling Centers?

Read the LEXINGTON COUNTY RECYCLING BROCHURE(PDF) for information on all materials accepted at Collection and Recycling Centers, in curbside bins and at the Edmund Landfill, for addresses of all locations and more. 


Aluminum Can
Aluminum Beverage Cans
  • Empty and rinse
  • NO aluminum foil or pans
  • NO plastic bags

NOTE: Steel (food) cans and aerosol (spray) cans should be placed in scrap metal container.

  • Pour into labeled container under the oil shelter using the funnel provided. If funnel is missing, ask attendant for assistance.
Car Battery
  • Vehicle and small equipment lead acid rechargeable
  • NO single use household batteries (these may be discarded in household waste, taken to a Lexington County Special Recycling Event or taken to Batteries + Bulbs in Irmo or West Columbia)
Cardboard, Corrugated
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Brown grocery bags
  • Brown envelopes (not padded)
  • Food cartons, brown interior, any size and exterior color

NOTE: Beverage cartons with a peaked top (e.g. orange juice cartons) and food cartons with a gray interior should be placed with "mixed paper" (i.e. with newspaper and magazines).  Packing material must be removed from cardboard boxes and should be discarded if not recyclable. 

Carpet Padding
Carpet Padding
  • Foam rubber and foam
  • NO waffle pad
  • Only accepted at (1) Ball Park Rd, (2) Bush River Rd., (3) Edmund, (4) Pelion, (5) River Chase, (6) Sandhills, and (7) Southeast

NOTE: Carpet is no longer accepted for recycling.  Please take carpet to the Edmund Landfill or put small amounts in the "Yard Waste" container at the Collection and Recycling Centers.

Clean Wood Waste
Clean Wood Waste
  • Clean yard debris (i.e. grass clippings, pine straw, leaves, plant trimmings, branches <4 feet long and < 4 inches in diameter), clean, untreated and unpainted lumber and pallets
  • Accepted at (1) Ball Park, (2) Bush River, (3) Chapin, (4) Edmund, (5) Sandhills, and (6) Southeast Collection and Recycling Centers
  • NO plastic bags, non-biodegradable containers, trash
  • Tree branches greater than 4 feet in length or 4 inches in diameter must be brought to the Edmund Landfill. 
  • All clean wood waste is brought to the Lexington County Wood Grinding and Compost Facility at the Edmund Landfill where it is processed and made into wood compost and mulch (both colored and uncolored) and is then sold to residents and businesses. Call (803) 755-3325 for more information. 
Cooking Oil
Cooking Oil
  • Pour into labeled container under the oil shelter at any Collection and Recycling Center or if container is locked, leave your container of oil for staff to pour later.
  • NO water, soap suds, or other contamination
Fuel and Kerosene
  • Pour into large, red container (rectangular "box") labeled "motor oil" under the oil shelter at any Collection and Recycling Center
  • NOTE: All fluids from vehicles except antifreeze and brake fluid may be poured into this container. 
Glass Bottles and Jars
  • Separated by color (clear, brown, green/other)
  • Rinse
  • Discard caps/lids
  • Labels do not need to be removed
Household Garbage Bag
Household Garbage
  • House trash, items containing food debris, incidentals, small appliances (i.e. items with a cord such as a toaster, alarm clock and vacuum cleaners)

NOTE: Unlike all other materials collected (including "yard waste") this material is stored in Richland County's Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) landfill.

Light Bulbs
Light Bulbs
  • Fluorescent and CFL bulbs only (discard others)
  • Up to 4 feet in length accepted at (1) Ball Park Rd, (2) Bush River Rd, (3) Chapin, (4) Edmund, (5) Pelion, (6) River Chase, (7) Sandhills, and (8) Southeast Collection and Recycling Centers and some local stores.
  • Longer bulbs accepted at Edmund Landfill
Mixed Paper
Mixed Paper (Newspapers, Magazines, Flyers, Coupons, Beverage Cartons, etc.)
  • Beverage Cartons - rinse, flatten and discard plastic lids
  • Books - soft bound (e.g. phone books) only, NO hard bound covers
  • Envelopes - with and without clear-view windows, brown, white and colored, NO padded
  • Flyers, Inserts, Store Ads, Coupons - glossy and non-glossy
  • Food cartons with a gray interior
  • Magazines
  • Newspaper
  • Paper from hard bound books or notebooks with spiral binding (discard hard covers and metal or plastic binding)
  • Wrapping Paper - plain only, NO paper with glitter or foil

NOTE: Food cartons with a brown interior should be placed in the cardboard container.

Motor Oil
Motor Oil, Used 
  • Five gallon limit
  • Pour into large, red container (rectangular "box") under the oil shelter at any Collection and Recycling Center
  • NOTE: All fluids from vehicles except antifreeze and brake fluid may be poured into this container (e.g. fuel).
Motor Oil
Oil Containers
  • Empty and take to oil shelter at any Collection and Recycling Center
Oil FIlters
Oil Filters
  • Take to oil shelter at any Collection and Recycling Center
Shredded Paper
  • Sheets of paper or shredded
  • White or colored, glossy or plain, regular weight or heavy (e.g. cardstock)
  • NO plastic bags

Plastic Containers, identified in the triangular recycling symbol as 1 - 7

  • Empty and rinse, do NOT flatten
  • Bottles, jugs and jars - plastic screw on lids attached, pumps discarded
  • Tubs - discard pop-off flat lids
  • Frozen dinner trays, berry containers, etc.
  • NO plastic bags, disposable cups, plates, silverware, lids, straws
  • NO flower pots, kids toys, laundry baskets, or other rigid plastics
  • NO flat lids of any size
  • NO loose lids palm size or smaller 
Scrap Metal
Scrap Metal
  • Food cans - empty and rinse
  • Aerosol Cans - empty, discard plastic nozzle and lid
  • Appliances (e.g. stove, dishwasher, microwave)
  • Other (e.g. grill, bicycle with tires, swing set, shelves, fans, etc.)
  • NO refrigerators, freezers or air conditioners (items containing Freon must be brought to the Edmund Landfill)
  • NO electronics(PDF) (Up to 5 items per day per household are accepted at no charge at the Edmund Landfill and at special collection events around Lexington County during the year.)
  • Clean, dry and reusable clothing, shoes, and sheets (donated to local charities)
  • Car, truck, ATV
  • Limit 4 tires per day per household
  • Accepted from residents at (1) Ball Park, (2) Bush River, (3) Chapin, (4) Sandhills, (5) Southeast, and (6) Summit Collection and Recycling Centers.
  • Loads over 4 tires and commercially generated tires accepted only at the Edmund Landfill.
Yard Waste
Yard Waste
  • Unclean yard debris (e.g. bagged leaves)
  • Construction materials (e.g. carpet, storm doors, furniture)
  • Inert (non-living) material that does not fit into other categories or that consists of multiple materials

NOTE: Unlike household trash, this material is stored in Lexington County's Construction and Demolition (C&D) Landfill. 


NOT Accepted at Collection and Recycling Centers



Electronics (computers, monitors, printers, and televisions)
  • Take to the Edmund Landfill or to a Special Recycling Drop-off Event. 
  • Up to 5 large electronic items are accepted per household per day at the Edmund Landfill and up to 8 are accepted from households (not from businesses) at events.


Household Hazardous Waste (e.g. paint, chemicals, medical waste)
  • Take to a free Lexington County Special Recycling Drop-Off Event
  • See Recycling page for event schedule and details
  • Click here for information on how to dispose of hazardous waste.
  • Click here for information on how to dispose of paint.


  • Take to the Edmund Landfill to be recycled
  • No charge for Lexington County residents bringing them from home
Propane Tank


Pressurized Tanks (propane, helium, fire extinguishers)
  • Take to the Edmund Landfill


Refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, dehumidifers and any other items that currently or previously contained Freon
  • Take to the Edmund Landfill.  There is a $15 fee per unit for these items.

Store Front

NOTE: Material generated by businesses may NOT be taken to Collection and Recycling Centers.  General recyclables (glass, aluminum cans, cardboard, paper, and plastic containers) may be taken the Edmund Landfill for free.  Other materials may be taken the Edmund Landfill for a fee.  For additional information, go to the Edmund Landfill page.

Questions?  Call Lexington County's department of Solid Waste Management at (803) 755-3325.



Click here for disposal guidelines.


WHERE Are the Collection and Recycling Centers Located?

 Name Street Address General Location
Ball Park Road

301 Ball Park Road

Lexington, SC  29072


West of Lexington off Hwy. 1, near "Wildcat Hollow"
Bush River Road

6109 Bush River Road

Columbia, SC  29212


Located East of Lake Murray Dam, near Hwy. 60 intersection

103 Distant Lane

Chapin, SC  29036


Located at Westwood Road, approx. 1 mile off St. Peters Church Road

325 Landfill Lane

Lexington, SC  29073


Located off Hwy 302, adjacent to the Lexington County Landfill
Hollow Creek

125 Beulah Church Road

Gilbert, SC  29054


Located off Hwy. 378, next to the Hollow Creek Fire Department

702 South Lee Street

Leesville, SC  29070


Located south of Batesburg-Leesville, near S. Brodie Road

1325 South Pine Street

Pelion, SC  29123


Located on Hwy. 302, south of Pelion Fire Department
River Chase

110 River Chase Way

Lexington, SC  29072


Located off Corley Mill Road & Hwy 378 at I-20

3241 Charleston Hwy.

Cayce, SC 29033


Located on Hwy. 321 near Bray Park & Old Landfill site

538 Martin Neese Road

Swansea, SC 29160


Located off Hwy. 6 on Martin Neese Road

419 Sandpit Road

Leesville, SC  29070


Located between Quinton Richard Road and Dixie Street in Summit



Lexington County contracts with the Babcock Center to operate nine of the 11 Collection and Recycling Centers in Lexington County.  Please be kind and respectful to the hardworking special needs employees at our centers. 



Call Lexington County's department of Solid Waste Management at (803) 755-3325.