Recycling changes coming to Berkeley County

Recycling changes coming to Berkeley County
August 19 21:08 2016 Print This Article

Berkeley County has a change in its recycling program scheduled to take effect Thursday, September 1. The monthly subscription fee for curbside recycling is increasing from $2.60 to $15.00, based on a one-year contract with Republic Services, which picks up the recycling materials and transports them to a sorting center near Columbia. There are currently about 5,800 curbside subscribers.

Another change to the recycling program is that plastic and glass materials are no longer being accepted due to low commodity prices. That will apply to curbside pickup bins, as well as the 13 recycling convenience centers and drop-off sites located throughout the county.
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Another change is in the works for Berkeley County’s landfill operations. The county has entered into an agreement with RePower South, a North Charleston company which intends to sort all solid waste on-site. Berkeley County spokesman Michael Mule notes the operation will extend the service life of the landfill, located near Moncks Corner.

Repower South project manager Brian Gilhuly estimates that the sorting process will capture between 65-70% of the solid waste stream at the landfill. The company intends to convert paper and plastic materials into fuel pellets which may be used in industrial and utility boilers.