Solid Waste and Recycling Reports

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 2021

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) 2021 (July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021).

The report is divided into the following sections:

Section 1: Purpose of the report, data sources, and outline of the report.

Section 2: An executive summary on key data from FY21.

Section 3: Brief statistical summary of recycling and disposal figures in FY21.

Section 4: Economics of solid waste management overview in FY21 including total cost of managing solid waste and the impact of the recycling industry.

Section 5: Recommendations for improving solid waste management in the state and an FY21 legislative overview.

Section 6: Overview of permitted solid waste facilities including transfer stations, processing facilities, and composting/wood-grinding facilities.

Section 7: Details on disposal data including remaining capacities for Class 3 landfills and generation rates for MSW, TSW, imported waste, and exported waste data in FY21.

Section 8: Breakdown of the types and amounts of MSW recycled in FY21.

Section 9: Comprehensive county-by-county breakdown of MSW and TSW recycling.

Section 10: 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.

The full version of the report is available for viewing below.

S.C. Solid Waste Management Annual Report for FY21
S.C. Solid Waste Management Annual Report for FY20 *Revised Edition
S.C. Solid Waste Management Annual Report for FY19 S.C. Solid Waste Management Annual Report for FY18 S.C. Solid Waste Management Annual Report for FY17 S.C. Solid Waste Management Annual Report for FY16

*Updated 11/1/2022* S.C. State Agencies & Colleges/Universities Recycling & Buying Recycled Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2022

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 2021 (July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022).

S.C. State Agencies & Colleges/Universities Recycling & Buying Recycled Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2022


S.C. Used Motor Oil Recycling Report for Fiscal Year 2019

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.

No Time To Waste 2019 SC School Waste Study

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