Florence County is steadily improving and ever committed to achieving an environmentally sensible surrounding through its recycling efforts.

Pursuant to Section 13-4 of the Florence County Code of Ordinances; Manned Convenience Centers:
All litter, waste and recyclable items shall be placed into the designated waste containers.

GLASS RECYCLING – Due to the effects of the situation with China (& other counties) refusing product, along with the loss of vendors and high cost to transport; Florence County has temporarily suspended glass recycling at all manned sites. The County will continue to research all avenues for glass recycling.

New Recycling Equipment: Upgrade for Single-Stream

Florence County, along with Waste Management, wishes to announce the addition of advanced equipment to aid in the recycling process of items in the single stream.

Compactors have been placed at several locations in Florence County to replace the single stream bins. The compactors will increase productivity and decrease the amount of material being transported, aiding in cost savings! The co-mingled recycle material will no longer need to be hand sorted once it leaves the Solid Waste Manned Convenience Center. The now compacted materials/recyclables will pass through a machinery separation process and then be recycled.

Television Recycling

Change in Electronics Recycling at Best Buy:

Our corporate partner Best Buy located at 2701 David H. McLeod Blvd in Florence has changed the policy for acceptance of televisions for recycling to include a $25 charge per item.
Please check their website at: for a listing of accepted items, listing of items eligible to be recycled for free and terms for others.

CFL Bulb Disposal

Public Notice – Beginning Monday June 6, 2016, Florence County residents will be allowed to dispose of fluorescent CFL bulbs and tubes in the Household Waste at all County manned solid waste convenience centers. The County requests that citizens place the tubes in a large heavy plastic bag prior to disposal in the normal household trash.

Florence County states that it would prefer citizens try to recycle fluorescent CFL bulbs and tubes. Note: currently the only available recycling program, without charge, is for CFL bulbs only and is located at Lowe’s. Private vendors will take the fluorescent tubes for a minimal charge. Contact the Florence County Recycling Office (843)-292-1603 for further information.

Business Electronics Recycling

If you are a business looking to recycle a small quantity of electronics, for a listing of vendors, go to: Small-Quantity eWaste

Businesses having large quantities of electronics to be recycled, go to: Large-Quantity eWaste

You can click on “R2 certified” and “e-Stewards Recyclers” to view lists of recycling facilities that have met the state’s recovery standards.

Single-Stream Recycling

Transition from Sorted to Single-Stream

Residents do not need to pre-sort recyclables! Florence County has now converted to single stream recycling.
All types of material may be placed in the recycling container/s at the manned sites. These include: Plastics – all types of plastic containers; Paper – office paper, magazines, newspaper & inserts; Cans – aluminum and steel; Cardboard, Paperboard (e.g. cereal boxes, shoe boxes).

Separate containers are available for the following commodities: METAL, BROWN GOODS, TIRES, E-scrap (electronics – everything with a cord), YARD WASTE, USED OIL and USED OIL FILTERS. Note: Electronics recycling only available at the Ebenezer, Effingham, Lake City, and Johnsonville sites.

Single stream recycling reduces costs and increases the amount of product recycled!

Advantages of single stream:
• Recyclable items do not have to be sorted prior to bringing to the MCC, saving citizens valuable time and effort.
MCC staff time is reduced by eliminating the monitoring of multiple bins which frees attendants to be available to serve citizens in other areas.
• The recyclable items are transported collectively , reducing transportation costs. Once at the central processing location, items are sorted by machine to be sold in bulk, further reducing the cost of man power and transportation which reduces taxpayer dollars in solid waste fees.

Don’t Waste Food SC

Don’t Waste Food SC is a collaborative outreach campaign that brings together ambassadors from the public and private sectors dedicated to sharing knowledge, coordinating resources, and working together to reduce food waste in South Carolina. Virtually anyone can take part in reducing food waste.
Prevent, Donate, Compost
Food is the No.1 item Americans throw away. Wasted food wastes resources, labor, time, and money; all this while more than 41 million Americans are food insecure.
Benefits of food waste reduction include:
– Feeding people, not landfills
– Feeding the economy and creating jobs
– Conserving resources
– Returning nutrients to the soil
– Saving money
– Reaching recycling goals

Learn more at or email on ways to get involved.

Recycling Do’s and Don’ts
Recycling’s Most Wanted
Recycling’s Dirty Dozen

Beginning Monday, February 3, 2020, all manned sites are open from 7 AM to 7 PM Monday through Saturday. Holiday closures will be posted on the homepage.

Contact Information

Kathy Nephew, County Recycling Coordinator

Phone: (843) 292-1603 County Office
Fax: (843) 292-1607

Monday – Friday
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Telephone for site assistance after 5PM or Weekends
Waste Management: (843) 413-3013

180 N. Irby St., MSC-G
Florence, SC 29501

Attention City of Florence Residents

For curbside recycling bins or other solid waste/recycling
issues in the City please call the City of Florence Recycling Office at: 843-665-3236.

County Electronic Recycling Locations

  • Ebenezer Site, 359 S. Ebenezer Rd., Florence
  • Effingham Site, 6760 Friendfield Rd., Effingham
  • Lake City Site, 1228 E. Main St., Lake City
  • Johnsonville Site, 230 W. Egg Farm Rd., Johnsonville

Florence County does NOT pay for materials recycled!

Mattress recycling – Instead of sending to the landfill think about recycling your old mattress and/or box spring with local company Nine Lives Mattress Recycling at 837 N. Pamplico Hwy in Pamplico, call 843-916-9753. Normally a $5 charge per item; check for additional pricing for king size, etc. This action will save the county (and your family) in landfill disposal costs, plus boost recycling in Florence County.

Paint disposal – the County will accept old paint as long as the paint in the can has been completely absorbed using cat litter, shredded paper, etc.; then the can may be disposed of in the regular household trash. Suggest trying first to recycle by donating to Habitat for Humanity as a base coat for housing projects or check with local paint stores for recycling/takeback programs.