The collection, proper disposal and recycling of solid waste are essential services that protect human health and the environment.
In South Carolina, the responsibility of managing solid waste is primarily delegated to county governments while the state retains oversight and supports local efforts through planning, permitting, technical assistance and grant funding.
These obligations are outlined in the S.C. Solid Waste Policy and Management Act of 1991 (Act). Local governments are required to provide solid waste management services including recycling programs. The Act prioritizes waste reduction, reuse and recycling over disposal and sets as policy that county or local governments strive to meet South Carolina’s waste reduction and recycling goals.
DHEC’s Office of Solid Waste Reduction and Recycling offers technical assistance and grant funding to local governments to set up, improve and expand their solid waste programs.