DHEC’s Office of Solid Waste Reduction and Recycling is required by the S.C. Solid Waste Policy and Management Act of 1991 to produce annual reports that focus on solid waste management in South Carolina.
S.C. Solid Waste Management Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2022
This report provides a comprehensive overview of solid waste management including the amount and type of solid waste - municipal solid waste (MSW) and total solid waste (TSW) - that is disposed of and recycled in South Carolina as well as the progress towards meeting the state's waste reduction and recycling goals. For detailed information, see the report below. The latest report covers fiscal year (FY) 2022 (July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022).
The solid waste annual report has evolved through the years regarding the detail of the data presented, the format in which the data is presented, and the manner in which the data is presented. In an effort to continuously improve the quality of the annual report, the FY 2022 version (published on March 15, 2023) contains revisions intended to produce a streamlined document, and present more clear, meaningful data.
Historically, data collected from processing facilities was reported from the origin of the waste disposed. The FY 2022 annual report designates a new waste stream produced from the processing facilities; therefore, the waste disposed of from the processing facility is designated to the county in which the processing facility is located. This change may affect tonnage reports for some counties.
*Every effort is made to ensure data accuracy. If you have specific questions regarding information in the report, please contact Kayte Deal at 803-898-1329 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Sallie Williams at 803-898-1346 or email@example.com.
The report is divided into the following sections:
Section 1: Purpose of the report, data sources, and outline of the report.
Section 2: Brief statistical summary of recycling and disposal figures in FY22.
Section 3: Summarizes information about solid waste planning and addresses Demonstration of Need (DON). DON refers to the criteria established for geographical placement and allowable annual disposal rates of new and expanding solid waste management facilities.
Section 4: Overview of permitted solid waste facilities including transfer stations, processing facilities, and composting/wood-grinding facilities.
Section 5: Details on disposal data including remaining capacities for Class 3 landfills and generation rates for MSW, TSW, imported waste, and exported waste data in FY22.
Section 6: Breakdown of the types and amounts of MSW recycled in FY22.
Section 7: Comprehensive county-by-county breakdown of MSW and TSW recycling.
Section 8: Recommendations for improving solid waste management in the state and an FY22 legislative overview.
The full version of the report is available for viewing below.
*Updated 11/1/2023* S.C. State Agencies & Colleges/Universities Recycling & Buying Recycled Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2023
This report summarizes the waste reduction, recycling and buying recycled efforts of South Carolina state agencies as well as state-supported colleges and universities during Fiscal Year 2023 (July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023).
S.C. Used Motor Oil Recycling Report for Fiscal Year 2019
No Time to Waste - 2019 School Waste Study
This study was designed to provide a characterization of the solid waste generated throughout one day at six public schools in South Carolina. South Carolina has about 760,000 students and 50,000 teachers in more than 1,200 schools that generate substantial amounts of waste. The vast majority of this waste could be prevented, recycled or composted.