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Happy National Recycling Day

County initiative diverts recyclable materials away from Bees Ferry Landfill

440 fluorescent light bulbs were collected for recycling440 fluorescent light bulbs were collected for recycling

November 27, 2013
Staff Report

It just got a little bit lonelier for trash at the Bees Ferry Landfill, thanks to the good work of the Charleston County Environmental Management Office.

Last week, as part of the national annual America Recycles Day, county officials collected more than 5,200 items for recycling that could have ended up in the landfill.

Recycling Coordinator Christina Moskos said the event, held this year at James Island Elementary School, provided locals a chance to recycle more and throw away less.

Included in the haul that will now not find a final resting place off Bees Ferry Road included:

  • 993 cans of paint
  • 510 pieces of electronic waste
  • 440 fluorescent light bulbs
  • And more than 2,000 pounds of paper

Anna Johnson, Charleston County’s Solid Waste Committee chair and County Councilmember attended the collection event, and was pleased with the turnout.

“Charleston County’s Community Collection Day provided an opportunity for residents to recycle a wide range of items that could be dropped off at one central location while celebrating a National Recycling Day,” said Johnson.

“The special event supported County Council’s 40-percent recycling goal, raised awareness about the principles of reuse and recycling, and helped divert recyclable material from the Bees Ferry Landfill,” she said.

Moskos said that representatives from Pet Helpers, Goodwill and Habitat for Humanity were also on hand, and were able to salvage everyday items for further use, like towels and blankets.

Moskos was most excited about the “e-waste” that was turned in, including televisions, which can be very hard for the average consumer to recycle.

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