Local Government Recycling: Professional Certification

SC Recycling Info:
(800) 768-7348 (toll-free)

The S.C. Recycling Professionals Certification Program is a comprehensive professional development program targeting local government recycling coordinators and solid waste directors.

The goal of the program is to provide these professionals with the background, information and tools to make recycling programs grow and improve as well as become more cost competitive and sustainable. A variety of recycling topics are covered as noted in the Foreword of the training manual.

In order to be designated a Certified S.C. Recycling Professional, one must:

  • complete the certification course (75 percent attendance required) offered by the Office of Solid Waste Reduction and Recycling; and
  • pass course exam with a score of 75 or better.

The designation of Certified S.C. Recycling Professional lasts three years from passing the exam.

In order to maintain designation as a Certified S.C. Recycling Professional, one must provide proof of receiving a minimum of 45 contact hours (i.e., actual time spent in trainings, workshops, Webinars, seminars, etc.) of recycling-related professional development every three years. A form to document contact hours is available.

  • Acceptable contact hours will be determined by the office.
  • A maximum of 10 contact hours will be allowed for any one event (e.g., a conference).

If certification lapses, one must complete the certification course and pass course exam as detailed above. There will be no challenging of the exam. Participants must attend the certification course to attempt the exam.

When the program is offered, it is at NO COST to local government recycling professionals. To request additional information , call 1-800-768-7348.

Already certified? Download the form to document additional contact hours.


Recycling Center Attendant Training

Recycling Center Attendant Trainings are available to local governments to ensure that best management practices are used and attendants have the latest information and customer service skills.

The training, which is offered at NO COST, can be customized to each county or city's recycling program. Each attendant is given a certificate of completion and becomes eligible to be a Recycling Attendant of the Year for the county.

Contact DHEC's Recycling staff to schedule a complimentary training.