Richland Co. announces changes to trash collection during COVID-19 outbreak

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Published: Mar. 28, 2020 at 5:47 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - Yard waste collection in the unincorporated areas of Richland County will continue on its normal schedule, along with household garbage and recycling.

County drop-sites will reopen to the public this weekend. However, bulk item pickup remains on hold until further notice.

County officials previously announced plans to suspend yard waste collections and close drop-off sites during the COVID-19 health crisis. Because of concerns from residents, the county reexamined plans to modify curbside collection and access to drop-off sites.

The County’s drop-off sites will re-open with the following compliance requirements:

  • Visitors entering the site must remain in their vehicles to receive instructions from County staff.
  • Upon exiting their vehicles, visitors must maintain social distancing according to guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The location of the centers is listed below:

  • 10531 Garners Ferry Road, Eastover
  • 1070 Caughman Road N., Columbia
  • 900 Clemson Road, Columbia

The Clemson Road Drop-off Site will be accepting recycling materials only. The site is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The site is closed Mondays and Wednesdays.

The Lower Richland Drop-off Site will be accepting bulk items, metal, construction debris, electronics, waste tires, latex paint, and recycling materials. The schedule is modified: 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. The site will be closed Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The county landfill has a drop-off site that will be accepting the same materials as the Lower Richland site. The hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

Until further notice:

  • Bulk item curbside collections (furniture, mattresses, appliances, etc.) are temporarily suspended beginning Saturday. Residents may still bring their bulk items to either the Lower Richland Drop-off Site or the County Landfill Drop-off Site.
  • No bulk item appointment requests will be accepted.

Residents are urged to avoid putting bulk items on the curb, as they will not be picked up during the time of suspended services. Residents are also asked to report incidents of illegal dumping.

The county also wants to remind residents to bag household garbage before putting it in the dark green roll carts. However, recyclable items should be loose in the light green recycling roll cart.

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