- To save natural resources!
- For each ton of recycled glass used to make new glass, nine gallons of fuel are saved.
- When paper is made from recycled fibers, 58% less water is used - compared to making paper from raw materials.
- To save energy!
- One aluminum can saves enough energy to power a television set for one hour.
- Two gallons of used motor oil has enough energy to power the average home for 24 hours.
- To save landfill space!
- It costs tax payers millions of dollars to construct new landfills. The less that goes into a landfill, the longer it will last.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!
- REDUCE the amount of waste you make.
- REUSE as many products and packages as possible.
- Recycle every possible material
To complete the recycling process, BUY RECYCLED products and those packaged in recycled material.
|Items Accepted for Recycling in Orangeburg County|
|Item||What types of Items?||How to Prepare Them?||Where to Recycle Them?|
|Aluminum Cans||Food & beverage cans||Rinse & flatten||All Recycling Centers|
|See Scrap Metal||See Scrap Metal||All Recycling Centers|
|Batteries, Lead-Acid||Batteries from automobiles, boats, motorcycles, lawn mowers, etc.||All Recycling Centers|
|Cardboard||Corrugated cardboard boxes (no wax finish) and paper bags; NO pizza boxes; NO paperboard boxes (e.g., cereal boxes, shoe boxes, etc.)||Flatten, keep items dry||All Recycling Centers|
|Cooking Oil||All Recycling Centers|
|Farmer Oil||Oil from farm equipment||Limit 55 gallons per visit||Five Chop Road Recycling Center|
|Gasoline/Oil Mixtures||Limit 5 gallons per visit||Santee, Landfill|
|Glass||Clear, green & brown glass bottles & jars. Window glass, drinking glasses, pottery, porcelain & China ARE NOT accepted.||Rinse. Labels do not have to be removed.||All Recycling Centers|
|Newspaper & Inserts||Newspapers & glossy inserts; carbon paper or partially burned paper IS NOT accepted.||DO NOT tie or bag. Keep items dry.||All Recycling Centers|
|Plastic Bottles & Jars||Plastic containers (for food, beverage, household products, etc.) marked by a #1 or #2 recycling symbol; NO tubs, bags, film or Styrofoam.||Rinse. Discard lids and caps. NOTE: Plastic pesticide containers that have been TRIPLE-RINSED are accepted at the Springfield Recycling Center.||All Recycling Centers|
|Scrap Metal||Appliances, stoves, washers & dryers, refrigerators, grills, bicycles, etc.||All Recycling Centers|
|Textiles||Clothing, shoes, belts, purses, hats, towels, linens & blankets||Keep items clean & dry||All Recycling Centers|
|Used Motor Oil, Oil Bottles & Oil Filters||Used motor oil, filters & bottles (oil must be free of gasoline or diesel fuel) & other petroleum products (see section below regarding recyling these items)||Limit 5 gallons per visit||All Recycling Centers|
|Yard Trimmings||Small tree branches, leaves, Christmas trees, etc.||Limbs must be no more than 4 feet long and 6 inches in diameter.||All Recycling Centers|
|Chemical Bottles & Jugs||Cleansers, detergents, etc.||Containers must be triple-rinsed with all labels & caps removed and must not be in cardboard boxes||Branchville, Holly Hill 1, Springfield, Bozard Road|
In 2010, a bill was signed into South Carolina law that bans the disposal of computers, monitors, televisions, printers, and other electronic devices (electronic scrap, or "e-scrap" as it is known) into landfills. This law will go into full effect in July of 2011. For more information on where these items can be taken for recyclying purposes, please visit SC DHEC's E-Cycle resource page.
Orangeburg County residents are encouraged to dispose of "e-scrap" by taking these items to participating retailers that will process their disposal accordingly. If you are unable to utilize a take back program through a retailer, Orangeburg County will provide four (4) drop off sites for residents only.
- North Road - 4028 North RD, Orangeburg SC
- Town of North - 8338 North RD, North SC
- Santee - 7223 Five Chop RD, Santee SC
- Orangeburg County Landfill - 310 Endicott Court, Orangeburg SC
Recycle used motor oil, bottles & filters!
Used motor oil, oil filters and empty motor oil bottles frequently are disposed of improperly. One gallon of used motor oil poured on the ground or in a sewer system can contaminate as much as 1 million gallons of water - often the very water we drink.
To make proper disposal easy and convenient, containers for used motor oil, oil filters and oil bottles can be found at recycling centers throughout Orangeburg County.Recycling Programs In Action