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Recycling Division Awarded Grants

Public Works Solid Waste Recycling Division is proud to announce that it has been awarded three grants from the State of South Carolina DHEC for the FY 2014. These grants will greatly assist the recycling program to increase awareness, participation and convenience. The grants include: DHEC Solid Waste Grant ($5,000.00), DHEC Waste Tire/Automobile Dismantler Recycling Grant ($3,750) and DHEC Used Oil Recycling Grant ($5,750).

City Installs Solar-Powered Trash and Recycling Compactor in Cleveland Park

City crews have installed the first of what is hoped to be several BigBelly Solar compactors, which use 100% solar power to automatically compact garbage and recycling items. The BigBelly is located in Cleveland Park between shelters 29 and 30, near the Greenville Zoo entrance, and was purchased through a Solid Waste Reduction and Recycling Grant from the South Carolina Department of Health & Environmental Control.

According to Allison Brockman, the City’s recycling coordinator, the BigBelly unit will hold more than five times the amount of waste as the receptacles in the Central Business District and includes wireless data and collection reporting software, which will alert City workers when the bins need to be emptied. The BigBelly will allow workers more time to complete other needed tasks around the city, and because it utilizes the power of the sun to compact waste, it will reduce the City‘s CO2 emissions over time and will also reduce the use of materials such as plastic bags and fuel that are normally needed to service a regular garbage and recycling receptacle.
Read about the Big Belly

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New Recycling Center Open on Rutherford Road

The North Greenville Recycling Center is located at 514 Rutherford Road and is open from 7 am to 7 pm seven days a week. The center accepts mixed paper/cardboard, aluminum, steel, glass and plastic and features an on-site educational facility for field trips, meetings and workshops.
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City Recycling Drop-Off Sites

800 E. Stone Ave., Greenville and
514 Rutherford Road, Greenville
Open 7 am-7 pm daily
864-467-8300
What We Recycle

Special Notice: Electronics Ban in Effect

It is against the law to dispose of COMPUTERS, COMPUTER MONITORS, TELEVISIONS and PRINTERS (as well as parts of any of these items) in a recycling or trash container. For more information about this new law, S.C. Code of Law, 48-60-90, and ways to lawfully recycle the electronics listed above, visit www.scdhec.gov/e-cycle.

The City of Greenville holds twice annual electronics recycling days to collect these items. Or, you may drop off electronics anytime at any Greenville County recycling center.
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All electronics, including televisions are collected during special recycling events only. For more information on electronic recycling please visit the EPA website or DHEC's site.

Related Content: City Electronics and Fluorescent Bulb Recycling Day | Guide to Recycling Electronics and Scrap

Our Customers

Reminder: Our services are for City of Greenville Solid Waste Customers Only

For those who are not City of Greenville Solid Waste Customers, please contact your waste hauler to inquire as to their services. Other possible service providers are as follows:
Guide to County Recycling Programs
Greater Greenville Sanitation Service District Area
Greenville County Solid Waste Division
City of Mauldin 864-234-3486
City of Simpsonville 864-967-9531
City of Fountain Inn 864-409-3334
City of Travelers Rest 864-834-9020
City of Greer 864-848-2184
Please refer to your telephone directory for private waste haulers

Recycle Drink Tabs and Support Local Charities

You can help support the Shriners Children's Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House, by bringing your drink can tabs to the East Stone Avenue Recycling Center. The City of Greenville will deliver the tabs to the organization so they can recycle them and use the funds to support their non-profit programs. Please drop off your tabs in the collection box at the Stone Avenue Recycling Center.

Getting Started

The City of Greenville collects recyclables from the curb once a week on your scheduled collection day. Please place your bin at the curb by 7 a.m. each day and remove after service. In case of rain, please hold your paper-based recyclables until the next week, is possible. We do not accept plastic bags. Please rinse all containers before placing them in the bin.

Garbage carts, recycling bins and bulk waste should be out at the curb no earlier than 12 hours before collection day and all City containers must be returned to the rear of the structure within 24 hours of collection.

Trash and Recycling Service

Contact the Public Works office at 864-467-4345 to request a bin. Bins will be delivered to your home or business. City customers may receive more than one bin upon request. The City is unable to provide recycling bins to property owners who do not receive City services.
Links for additional recycling container options: Kitchen Containers | Garage Containers

Guide to Recyclable Items

Items collected curbside include:

Recycling Guide
Mixed Paper Mixed Paper Includes magazines, bulk mail, phone books, newspapers, etc.
cardboard Cardboard Please flatten boxes and remove all non-paper packaging such as Styrofoam. No pizza boxes with heavy grease or cheese residue accepted.
Paperboard Paperboard No heavy wax covered paper accepted, such as orange juice or ice cream containers
soda can Aluminum Cans, Foil and Pie Pans All are accepted if free of food residue.
metal can Steel Cans and Scrap All are accepted. Please put scrap metal outside your recycling bin for pickup.
beer bottle Glass jars and bottles (clear, brown, blue and green). No ceramic items, no window glass, no drinking glasses or mirrors . Including these items can ruin an entire load of glass.
plastic bottle Plastic Bottles and Jugs - anything with a "neck" We do not accept plastic bags or wide-mouth containers such as yogurt cups, butter tubs or take-out boxes.

Items Accepted:

  • Vehicle tires (limit 4 per person), no rims or debris, no heavy equipment tires
  • CDs and CD cases
  • Used books
  • Cellular phones (please do not drop-off standard phones). The City participates in the Cell Phones for Soldiers Recycling Program.
  • Ink cartridges
  • Greeting cards
  • Floppy disks
  • Batteries (all types)
  • Mixed paper (magazines, bulk mail, phone books, newspapers, etc.)
  • Cardboard Please flatten boxes and remove all non-paper packaging such as Styrofoam. No pizza boxes accepted.
  • Paperboard No wax covered paper accepted, such as orange juice or ice cream containers.
  • Aluminum cans
  • Steel cans
  • Glass jars and bottles (clear, brown, blue and green). No ceramic items, no window glass, no drinking glasses or mirrors . Including these items can ruin an entire load of glass.
  • All plastic bottle and jugs. We do not accept plastic bags or #5 Plastics such as wide-mouth containers such as yogurt cups, butter tubs or take-out boxes.

We do not accept:

  • Crayons
  • Eyeglasses
  • VHS and Beta tapes
  • Paint
  • Computer equipment. Please call local companies such as: EPSI 864-847-7700, Clean Lites 864-503-9900, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency website.
  • Hazardous materials including fluorescent light bulbs, ballasts, used oils and chemicals. Please call a local company such as: Pinnacle Environmental Services at 864-293-4124 for recycling options.
  • Plastic bags
  • #5 Plastics. Many community recycling programs do not accept #5 Plastic. Now you can recycle tubs, trays and baskets here: preserveproducts.com

For more information, visit Recycling A-Z.

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Contact

Allison Brockman
Recycling Coordinator
864-467-8300

Recycling FAQs

Public Works Offices:
360 S. Hudson Street
Greenville, SC 29601
864-467-4345
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