Richland County residents are encouraged to drop off unwanted household items at the free Richland Recycles Day event, set for 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, June 27.
Residents should enter Gate 12 at the S.C. State Fairgrounds, 1200 Rosewood Drive, to drop off items. Workers will direct drivers to various drop-off stations and unload acceptable items from vehicles. To maintain social distancing, residents are asked to stay in their vehicles.
Items that will be accepted include:
- Electronics: computers, printers, laptops, TVs and stereos (four per car)
- Scrap metal: stoves, washers/dryers, bikes, lawn mowers (no gas/oil), metal chairs, microwaves and other household items with power cords
- Tires: cars, light trucks, bikes and wheelbarrows (maximum eight per family)
- Household hazardous waste: paint, chemicals, cleaners, fluorescent light bulbs, pesticides and pool chemicals
- Paper for shredding: up to eight boxes or bags
- Cooking oil
Mattresses, motor oil, wood and wooden furniture will not be accepted at the event, which is for Richland County residents only. Commercial or business drop-off is not accepted.
In 2019, workers collected more than 36 tons of waste from 892 vehicles at the event, which is usually held in May but was postponed this year because of COVID-19.
“Diverting the materials from landfills saves landfill capacity, extends the life of existing landfills and is better for the environment,” said Art Braswell, general manager of the County’s Solid Waste & Recycling Division. “Recycling also saves natural resources and provides jobs for South Carolinians.”
If you have questions about particular items, call Solid Waste & Recycling at 803-576-2440 before you go.
Registration is not required for the event but is encouraged to help organizers accommodate traffic. Register on the County’s Facebook page: Facebook.com/RichlandSC.
Richland Recycles Day is sponsored by Solid Waste & Recycling and Keep the Midlands Beautiful.