Recycle This

Below is a list of commonly recycled items and how to prepare them for recycling. To see if they can be recycled where you live, click here.

         

         
Appliances
(e.g., large appliances such as refrigerators, stoves, washers and dryers)
  The most convenient way to recycle appliances is to ask the retailer to take back your old appliance. Ensure that all appliances are empty.   Each county  accepts large appliances at designated locations or in curbside collection. In some cases, a fee may be charged to cover the proper removal of refrigerants as required by law. Learn more.
 
 
 
Aluminum
(e.g., food and beverage cans, foil, “pie” plates)

  Rinse.

Some programs DO NOT ACCEPT foil or “pie” plates, so check first.
  Most county recycling programs accept this material. See if your local program accepts it.
 
 
 
Antifreeze       Many county programs accept antifreeze.

Your local car dealership, automotive repair shop and quick lube may offer collection programs as well.
 
 
 
Books
(e.g., paperback, hardback)

  Do not tie together or bag. Some recycling programs ask that you remove the covers from hardback books before recycling.   Some county recycling programs accept books. See if your local program accepts them.
 
 
 
Cardboard
(e.g., boxes, brown paper bags)

  Flatten and remove all packing material.

Some local governments accept paperboard, beverage cartons, shoes boxes and pizza boxes (without food or greasy residue).
  Most county recycling programs accept cardboard. See if your local program accepts it.
 
 
 
Cell phones

  Some charitable organizations collect and refurbish cell phones for soldiers or families in need. Ensure that all personal data is removed.   Check with retailer or manufacturer.

Counties may also accept cell phones with other electronics material. See if your local program accepts them.
 
 
 
Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs)

  Fluorescent lamps contain mercury and should be handled with care. Learn more.   The Home Depot and Lowe’s accepts unbroken CFLs from customers. Check with the store before you go. Not all stores recycle CFLs.
 
 
 
Electronics

  The computers, computer monitors, printers and televisions that you have in your homes MUST BE recycled at their end of life.

Learn more about electronics recycling in South Carolina.
  Check with retailer or manufacturer. They may offer take back programs.

Most counties also accept household electronics for recycling at one-day events or permanent collection points. See if your local program accepts them.
 
 
 
Gasoline or gasoline/oil mixtures
      Most county programs accept gasoline or oil/gasoline mixtures at designated drop-off sites. See if your local program accepts them.
 
 
 
Glass bottles and jars
(e.g., clear, green and brown bottles and jars)

  Labels OK. Do not include window glass, drinking glass, pottery, porcelain or china. No lids.   Many county recycling programs accept glass. See if your local program accepts it.
 
 
 
Hazardous household products
(e.g., automotive fluids, pesticides)

  If an unwanted product cannot be recycled, is still sold in stores and has a readable label, check to see if a neighbor or community organization could use it. Otherwise, dispose of the product by following the directions on the label.

Never pour these products into a drain or storm drain.
  Some counties have permanent programs while many others offer single-day collection events. See what services are available in your community.
 
 
 
Lead-acid batteries

  You can recycle your old lead-acid battery at a retail location when you buy your new battery.   If you have an old battery that you need to recycle, but don’t need to buy a replacement, there are two options. First, some county programs accept lead-acid batteries – so check to see if this service is available in your community. Second, check with local retailers, car dealers and auto repair shops to see if they will accept your old battery for recycling.
 
 
 
Magazines
(e.g., magazines and other glossy paper such as high-gloss advertising)


  Do not bag or tie.   At most county collection centers, magazines are collected in the same container as newspapers. See if your local program accepts them.
 
 
 
Medicine

  DO NOT flush down the toilet. Should you need to dispose of unwanted medication in your household trash, follow these instructions.   Some pharmacies do have take-back programs for unwanted medicine. These programs usually require customers to buy a self-addressed envelope to send back their unused/unwanted medications (EXCLUDING CONTROLLED MEDICATIONS).

In addition, some local governments may offer take-back programs through their public safety or solid waste departments.

Check with your local government to see if any events are scheduled or has a drop-off location.
 
 
 
Mercury thermostats       You can recycle mercury thermostats through a nationwide program offered by the Thermostat Recycling Corporation. Find a location near you.
 
 
 
Newspapers

  Inserts OK. Do not bag or tie. Keep dry.   At most county collection centers, newspapers are collected in the same containers as magazines. See if your local program accepts them.
 
 
 
Paint

  If the paint can be used, try to donate it to a non-profit, church, theater group or school.

If you are unable to donate or recycle your paint, you can prepare it for proper disposal by completing some simple steps. Learn more.
  Some counties accept usable latex paint. A few counties also accept oil-based paint. See if your local program accepts them.
 
 
 
Paper
(e.g., mail, letterhead, notebook paper, sticky notes, envelopes, copy paper)

  Do not bag. Staples OK. Keep dry.   Most county recycling programs accept paper. See if your local program accepts it.
 
 
 
Paperboard
(e.g., packaging cartons for food — cereal, sodas, etc. — and household items)

  Flatten. Keep dry.   Some county programs accept paperboard in the same container as corrugated cardboard. See if your local program accepts it.
 
 
 
Plastic bottles, jars and jugs
(e.g., food, beverage and household products such as laundry, cleaning and shampoo)


  Rinse. Labels OK. No tubs, bags, film or Styrofoam. Do not bag.   Most county recycling programs accept plastic. See if your local program accepts it.
 
 
 
Rechargeable batteries   Call2Recycle® recycles rechargeable batteries and cell phones. The following types of batteries can be recycled – nickel cadmium (Ni-Cd), nickel-metal hydride (Ni-MH), small sealed lead (SSLA/Pb), nickel zinc (Ni-ZN) and lithium ion (Li-Ion).   Rechargeable batteries can be recycled at participating retail stores including Best Buy, The Home Depot, Lowe’s, Radio Shack and Sears.
 
 
 
Steel cans
(e.g., food and beverage cans)

  Rinse. Labels OK. Push lids to inside. Include empty aerosol cans. Do not puncture empty aerosol cans.   Most county recycling programs accept steel cans. See if your local program accepts them.
 
 
 
Tires
  Each county has collection programs that accept a maximum number of passenger vehicle tires at drop-off recycling centers or landfills.   Most county recycling programs accept tires. See if your local program accepts them.
 
 
 
Telephone books

      Some local governments accept telephone books year round while others only accept them during a set period of time — usually in February or March. See if or when your local program accepts them. Interested in not receiving new phone books? Learn more.
 
 
 
Used motor oil
(The following are accepted in used motor oil collection tanks: used motor oil; kerosene; power steering fluid; diesel; automatic transmission fluid; and hydraulic fluid.)
  DO NOT include brake fluid, antifreeze, paint thinner or solvents.   There are more than 900 collection sites across the state for do-it-yourself oil changers. They are provided by local governments, quick lubes (e.g., Jiffy Lube) and auto parts stores (e.g., Advance Auto, Auto Zone) and other retailers. Find a nearby location.
 
 
 
Yard trimmings
(e.g., leaves, small tree limbs, grass clippings)
  Do not bag. Remember to cover material with a tarp when transporting them to a recycling center.   See if your local program accepts them.
         

 

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