Why Recycle

Orangeburg County Recycles - Reduce, Reuse, RecycleRecycling helps 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.

Recycling helps 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.

Recycling helps 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. To complete the recycling process, buy recycled products and those packaged in recycled material.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle


  • Reduce the amount of waste you make
  • Reuse as many products and packages as possible
  • Recycle every possible material

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.

Acceptable Recycling Items & Disposal

Do you know what items can and cannot be recycled? This list provides the most common items frequently recycled and how you can prepare them for the recycling process. For additional information on recycling, please visit the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control website. For directions and locations of all Collection Centers, please visit the Collection Center page.

ItemItem TypePreparationRecycling Location
Aluminum CansFood and beverage cansRinse and flattenAll Collection Centers
Appliances (White Goods)Scrap metalN/AAll Collection Centers
Batteries, Lead-AcidBatteries from automobiles, boats, motorcycles, lawn mowers, etc.N/AAll Collection Centers
  • Corrugated Cardboard Boxes (no wax finish)
  • Pizza Boxes
  • Paperboard Boxes (e.g., cereal boxes, shoe boxes, etc.)
Flatten and keep items dryAll Collection Centers
Cooking Oil
  • Argan Oil
  • Canola Oil
  • Corn Oil
  • Grape Seed Oil
  • Olive Oil
  • Palm Oil
  • Peanut Oil
  • Pumpkin Seed Oil
  • Rice Bran Oil
  • Safflower Oil
  • Sesame Oil
  • Soybean Oil
  • Sunflower Oil
  • Other Vegetable Oils
N/AAll Collection Centers
Farm Chemical Bottles and Jugs
Herbicides, insecticides, etc.
Containers must be triple-rinsed with all labels and caps removed and must not be in cardboard boxes
Branchville, Vance, Bozard Road, Springfield
Farmer OilOil from farm equipmentLimit 55 gallons per visitSantee
Gasoline/Oil Mixtures2-cycle and 4-cycle engine oilsLimit 5 gallons per visitSantee
  • Clear, green, and brown glass bottles and jars
  • Window glass, drinking glasses, pottery, porcelain and china are not accepted
Rinse (Labels do not have to be removed)Santee
Newspaper and Inserts
  • Newspapers and glossy inserts
  • Carbon paper or partially burned paper are not accepted
N/AAll Collection Centers
Scrap Metal
  • Appliances
  • Bicycles
  • Grills
  • Refrigerators
  • Stoves
  • Washers and dryers
N/AAll Collection Centers
Used Motor Oil, Oil Bottles and Oil FiltersUsed motor oil, filters & bottles (oil must be free of gasoline or diesel fuel) and  other petroleum productsN/AAll Collection Centers
Yard TrimmingsSmall tree branches, leaves, Christmas trees, etc.Limbs must be no longer than 4 feet long and 6 inches in diameterAll Collection Centers