Garbage (Household Waste)

All residential garbage must be contained within the city-provided roll cart and placed at roadside by 7:00 AM on collection day.

  • DO NOT place garbage at roadside except on collection day.
  • Roll carts must be removed from roadside by 7:00 PM on collection day.

As a reminder: Please do not mix garbage, yard trash, and recycling items. Each is collected separately.

Additional Sanitation Services

Special collection services are provided to residents who are unable to take their garbage and recycling items to the roadside. Please call the West Columbia Sanitation Department at 803.796.8006 to arrange for the special collection service.

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  • Yard trash may be bagged or placed at roadside in loose piles.
  • Burning of trash is prohibited within the city limits.
  • Limbs must be broken or trimmed to a manageable size, not exceeding six (6) feet in length or six (6) inches in diameter.
  • The city reserves the right to limit the amount of trash picked up for any property and DOES NOT remove trash resulting from lot clearing activities.
  • Removal of debris from home construction, repairs or remodeling is the responsibility of the property owner or contractor.

The city will collect certain discarded appliances by special request. Please call the West Columbia Sanitation Department at 803.796.8006 for information about disposal or to schedule collection.

Collection Routes & Times

Please make a selection below to view pickup schedules for holiday and normal collection routes for garbage, yard trash, and recycling.

Garbage (Household Waste)

All residential garbage must be contained within the city-provided roll cart and placed at roadside by 7:00 AM on collection day.

  • DO NOT place garbage at roadside except on collection day.
  • Roll carts must be removed from roadside by 7:00 PM on collection day.

As a reminder: Please do not mix garbage, yard trash, and recycling items. Each is collected separately.

Additional Sanitation Services

Special collection services are provided to residents who are unable to take their garbage and recycling items to the roadside. Please call the West Columbia Sanitation Department at 803.791.1880 to arrange for the special collection service.

Download Sanitation Medical Disability Form
  • Yard trash may be bagged or placed at roadside in loose piles.
  • Burning of trash is prohibited within the city limits.
  • Limbs must be broken or trimmed to a manageable size, not exceeding six (6) feet in length or six (6) inches in diameter.
  • The city reserves the right to limit the amount of trash picked up for any property and DOES NOT remove trash resulting from lot clearing activities.
  • Removal of debris from home construction, repairs or remodeling is the responsibility of the property owner or contractor.

The city will collect certain discarded appliances by special request. Please call the West Columbia Sanitation Department at 803.791.1880 for information about disposal or to schedule collection.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What can I put in my recycling bin/cart?

The city can recycle newspapers, magazines, catalogs, junk mail, telephone books, cardboard, aluminum cans, glass (all kinds), plastics such as milk and soda containers and food cans. NO plastic grocery bags or Styrofoam.

Where is the money going from the sale of recyclable materials?

The money goes into the general fund of the city to help defray the costs of the recycling program.

I am elderly and not able to take my roll cart or recycling bin to the street. How will I get it there?

Contact West Columbia Sanitation Department at 803.791.1880 for information on special handling.

What should I do if someone is taking items from my recycling bin/cart after I have placed it on the street for pickup?

West Columbia has a city ordinance that makes it a misdemeanor to take items from a recycling bin/cart. The bin/cart and its contents become city property once it is placed on the street for pickup.

Should I put my recycling bin/cart out in the rain?

Yes. Your recycling bin/cart has holes in the bottom for the water to drain. Putting it in the rain will not hurt the contents.

Who should I call if my recycling bin/cart is stolen?

West Columbia Sanitation Department at 803.796.8006 to report stolen bins or if you have questions about recycling.

Will the city pick up appliances?

The City will pick up certain discarded appliances by special request. Please call West Columbia Sanitation Department at 803.791.1880 for information about disposal.