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All-in-one residential recycling program expands county-wide

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After great success in a pilot program, all-in-one residential recycling is expanding to the rest of Charleston County. Look for your roll cart soon. RECYCLING PROGRAMS MANAGER

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on’t have your big blue cart yet? Don’t worry; All-In-One residential is headed your way. In January 2011, Charleston County’s Environmental Management Department launched a pilot program involving 4,600 homes across the county. It will now expand to the rest of the county. This state-of-the-art program utilizes automated trucks to collect recyclables that can be placed together in a single roll cart, rather than having to be separated into two containers for collection via a dual stream program. This single stream residential program, also referred to as All-In-One, allows residents to use one 95-gallon roll cart collected once every two weeks, compared with using two 22-gallon curbside bins. The county observed a considerable increase in the amount of recyclable material collected from each residence participating in the All-In-One pilot program, with an average of 21 pounds per home per pickup, a significant increase compared with 10 pounds per home per pickup with the standard two-bin program. Additionally, following a 6,000 home expansion in October 2011, the county observed participation rates as high as 70 percent in All-In-One areas, compared with rates averaging 35 to 40 percent for the rest of the county. Based on the success of the pilot programCharleston County Council has

decided to incrementally expand the All-In-One program, implementing a county-wide program within the next 24 months. As the All-In-One residential expansion continues throughout the county, residents will be notified by mail. Shortly following this initial contact, a new blue roll cart will be delivered to each residence, along with additional information on how to best prepare the container for proper service and what to recycle. All-in-One makes it easier for residents to recycle more material by eliminating the need to sort the materials; however, it requires additional sorting at the Countys Materials Recovery Facility (MRF). Short-term equipment changes have been made to handle the additional material. Recycling minimizes the need to bury material thereby extending the life of the landfill and protecting the environment. So whether you are currently receiving the two-bin or All-In-One recycling service, continue to recycle. Charleston County continues to advance its solid waste management program to reach County Council’s 40 percent recycling goal. County Council is excited about the county’s recycling efforts and strives to be the premier integrated solid waste management program in the Southeastern U.S. Visit online: recycle.charlestoncounty.org.

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