- Do you need a permit?
- How much will it cost?
- What size do you need?
- What about recycling?
Do You Need a Dumpster Permit in Charleston?
If you are a resident of Charleston and plan on placing your dumpster on your own private property, there are no requirements for obtaining a permit. However, if the placement of your dumpster encroaches on right of way traffic, you will need to apply for a street blocking permit.
The placement of a dumpster in a public right away may also need to be inspected by a Code Enforcement Officer from the Traffic Operations Division. If you are not sure if you need a permit or have any other questions about the placement of your dumpster, you can contact the Traffic Operations Manager.
What Size Dumpster Do You Need?
Here are the 4 most common dumpster sizes used in Charleston and some projects each is commonly used for. Have a look and if you still have questions give us a call at 843-253-4880, we’ll gladly answer them.
10 Yard Dumpster
20 Yard Dumpster
30 Yard Dumpster
40 Yard Dumpster
How Much Does it Cost To Rent a Rolloff in Charleston
There are several factors that affect the exact rental dumpster rental prices in Charleston including dumpster size, debris type, debris weight, rental period, and landfill charges in your county. But, typically you can expect the price to be somewhere between $300 and $750. To get a quote on an exact all-inclusive price, give us a call at 843-253-4880.
Where Can You Take Your Recycling in Charleston?
Charleston has an all-in-one single-stream recycling program available for all residents of Charleston County. Single-stream recycling means you can throw all acceptable recyclable items into the same container without needing to sort them out. However, before you recycle, you should empty and rinse clean all containers and flatten corrugated cardboard boxes and boxboards.
If you were part of the old recycling initiative, you may still have old 22-gallon bins; those are no longer collected. Instead, the city provides 96-gallon blue recycling roll carts for residents use.
Acceptable items include:
- Junk or bulk mail
- Phone books
- Paperback books
- Wrapping paper
Paperboard and Cardboard
- Corrugated cardboard
- Soda/beverage boxes
- Shoe boxes
- Gift boxes
- Cereal boxes
- Clean food boxes
- Paper towel and toilet paper rolls
- Wrapping paper rolls
- Paper egg cartons (no Styrofoam cartons)
Plastic bottles and containers
- Water bottles
- Soap and body wash bottles
- Shampoo and conditioner bottles
- Soda bottles
- Hard or rigid plastics
- Jars and tubs
- Detergent Bottles
- Plastic cups
- Aluminum cans
- Steel cans
- Tin cans
- Aerosol spray cans (must be empty)
If you are not sure if an item you have can be included in the residential recycling program, contact the Charleston County Recycling Center at (843)720-7111.
For additional recycling centers and item-specific centers, please visit this resource.
How Can You Dispose of Prohibited Items in Charleston?
Household hazardous waste is dangerous and damaging to people, pets, and the environment. It cannot be disposed of in your regular trash, your residential recycling bin or in your rental dumpster. Hazardous waste must be taken to an appropriate drop-off center.
Charleston County Environmental Management Department has several drop-off locations to make it easier for Charleston, SC residents to dispose of hazardous waste safely. To see the list of drop off centers, please visit here.
Common household hazards include items like household chemicals and cleaners, paints, thinners and lacquers, appliances, electronic waste, pesticides and repellents, automotive products and fluids, fluorescent light tubes and CFLs and used motor oil. To see a complete list of what the hazardous waste drop-off centers accept, please visit here.