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Dorchester County and City of North Charleston Partner with Community Volunteers to Remove Litter from Coosaw Creek

Post Date:02/20/2019 10:08 AM

Coosaw Creek Cleanup

On Wednesday, February 13, 2019, Dorchester County Public Works and Community Services Departments worked in tandem with the City of North Charleston Public Works Department and community volunteers to remove 1,500 pounds of litter from the ditches and wetlands in the Coosaw Creek and Windsor Hill area near the eleventh hole of the Coosaw Creek Country Club.

Among the litter removed was eight tires, five televisions and one propane tank, all of which are signs of illegal dumping in the area. 


Properly Disposing of Tires

S.C. Solid Waste Policy and Management Act of 1991 bans the disposal of whole waste tires in landfills. Dorchester County residents have several options to recycle tires.

  • Most new tire retailers accept old tires from customers and, in turn, ensure the old tires are recycled. Residents are encouraged to check with a retailer before buying tires.
  • Dorchester County residents can properly dispose of car, motorcycle, and truck tires (without the rims) at the following Convenience Sites: Oakbrook, Knightsville, Givhans, Sandy Pines and St. George.

Properly Disposing of E-Waste

Unwanted electronics are one of the nation's fastest growing waste streams. Often called e-waste, electronics contain potentially hazardous material such as lead and mercury that can pose a risk to human health and the environment if not properly managed.

Electronics also contain valuable material such as precious metals that can be recovered through responsible recycling. The recycling of electronics, beyond protecting the environment and conserving resources, also provides the raw material for recycling businesses and creates jobs.

South Carolina passed legislation in 2010 that banned the disposal of specific electronics in solid waste landfills effective July 1, 2011. The legislation was revised on March 4, 2014, to add more specific requirements and recovery obligations for computer monitor and television manufacturers. 

One key component of the legislation requires residents to recycle computers, computer monitors, printers and televisions.

The following items may be disposed of at the Highway 61 Convenience Site and/or the St. George Convenience Site: Televisions, Computers, Gaming Consoles, Telephones, Stereos, Alarm Clocks, Printers, Remotes, Earbuds, Small Appliances, Vacuum Cleaners etc. 


Report

Residents are asked to report illegal dumping in unincorporated Dorchester County to the Dorchester County Litter Control Office at (843) 563-0072. 


Get Involved

The Adopt-A-Spot Program is a volunteer program focused on litter removal and beautification. Volunteers choose a location and then commit to cleaning the area at least eight times a year and may also conduct and/or assist with beautification projects.

Businesses, communities and/or civic groups who would like to get involved with the Adopt-A-Spot Program are encouraged to contact Dorchester County Recycling and Education Coordinator, Charles Shutt at (843) 563-0070 for more information.