Holiday Trash Do’s and Don’ts

Charleston County News

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – As this holiday season starts to wind down, it’s important to take some time to talk about trash. While the festivities are always more fun than the clean up, knowing what waste goes where should help to make the process easier.

If you are planning on giving or receiving any electronics, make sure you are aware of how to properly dispose of the old items.

Electronics produce e-waste which can leak toxic chemicals into the environment if disposed of improperly.

Communications and marketing coordinator for the Town of Mt. Pleasant, Jen Jordan, filled me in on what to do with electronics instead of just throwing them in the trash.

“What they want to do with the old ones is they want to take it to a convenience center though Charleston County…they can drop it off there and it can be properly recycled.”

Waste management supervisor for the Town of Mt. Pleasant, Maurice Mazyck, shared one other big thing that stays out of the trash can: oil.

“Used oil, used frying oil, that’s used when frying turkeys, they need to bring it down to our oil recycling here at Mt. Pleasant.”

If you aren’t sure what goes where, here is a refresher on what can’t be recycled and belongs in the trash.

  • Bows
  • Wrapping paper
  • Tissue paper
  • Ribbons
  • Bubble wrap 
  • Artificial Christmas trees
  • Garland
  • Styrofoam

The Town of Mt. Pleasant will be releasing their 2020 Collection Calendar soon, so keep your eyes peeled and make sure your waste gets to the right place in the new year.

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