County announces changes to trash collection amid COVID-19 outbreak

Curbside trash collection in unincorporated areas of Richland County will be modified during the COVID-19 health crisis to focus on household garbage and recycling, as yard waste and bulk item pickup will be suspended until further notice.

In addition to modifying curbside collection, the County is closing its landfill and drop-off centers temporarily. The changes take effect this week.

The County contracts with private trash haulers for waste disposal services. Trash collection – from food waste to recyclable items – is an essential service to maintain the health and well-being of the community. County officials understand the need for residents to have bulk items and yard maintenance debris removed regularly, and ask residents to be patient during this unprecedented time.

Until further notice, please note:

  • The County’s drop-off centers at 10531 Garners Ferry Road, Eastover; 1070 Caughman Road N., Columbia; and 900 Clemson Road, Columbia are closed.
  • The County’s Construction & Demolition Debris (C&D) Landfill at 1070 Caughman Road N., Columbia, is closed.
  • Bulk item collections (furniture, carpet, mattresses, appliances, etc.) are suspended beginning Saturday.
  • No bulk item appointment requests will be accepted.
  • Curbside yard waste collection will be suspended beginning Saturday.

Residents are urged to avoid putting bulk items and yard waste on the curb, as they will not be picked up while services are suspended. In addition, residents are asked to report incidents of illegal dumping. The County’s refuse officers will continue to address illegal dumping and enforcement issues.

For updates, follow the County’s social media platforms and regularly check the County website,