Phone: 803-791-1880

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 803.796.8006 for information about disposal or to schedule collection.

Collection Routes

Thank you for your patience and support as we have had to modify sanitation collection services during these unprecedented times. It is our goal to provide you exceptional service as we work to keep West Columbia clean and safe. We appreciate the effort many of our residents have made to beautify their homes. At the same time, we have experienced a significant increase in the amount of waste collected. In April of 2019, the Sanitation Department picked up 323 tons of yard trash and 408 tons of household garbage and recycling. In April 2020, the West Columbia Sanitation Department collected over 478 tons of yard trash and 549 tons of household garbage and recycling. That is a 33% increase in yard trash and a 27% increase in garbage and recycling over last year.

Consequently, we are modifying collection routes based on lessons we’ve learned during the Work or Home order. Yard trash will be collected on designated Mondays, Wednesdays, or Fridays. Household garbage will be collected on designated Tuesdays or Thursdays. Recycling will be collected every other week on the same day as household garbage.

Beginning the week of May 25, 2020, we will resume recycling collection for all residences. Please be sure to only place recycling materials in your recycling bin. To better provide timely, reliable, efficient service to you, we are modifying our sanitation, recycling, and yard trash schedules. The new collection schedule is listed below.

Former Monday Route
HOUSEHOLD GARBAGE will be picked up every TUESDAY.
YARD TRASH will be picked up on MONDAY. Please leave the yard trash out until it is
picked up.

RECYCLING will be picked up EVERY OTHER WEEK on the following TUESDAYS:
June 2, 16, 30
July 14, 28
August 11, 25
September 8, 22
October 6, 20
November 3, 17
December 1, 15, 29
January 12, 26

Tuesday Route
HOUSEHOLD GARBAGE will be picked up every TUESDAY.
YARD TRASH will be picked up on MONDAY. Please leave the yard trash out until it is
picked up.

RECYCLING will be picked up EVERY OTHER WEEK on the following TUESDAYS:
May 26
June 9, 23
July 7, 21
August 4, 18
September 1, 15, 29
October 13, 27
November 10, 24
December 8, 2
January 5, 19

Former Wednesday Route
HOUSEHOLD GARBAGE will be picked up every THURSDAY.
YARD TRASH will be picked up on WEDNESDAY. Please leave the yard trash out until it is
picked up.

RECYCLING will be picked up EVERY OTHER WEEK on the following THURSDAYS:
June 4, 18
July 2, 16, 30
August 13, 27
September 10, 24
October 8, 22
November 5, 19
December 3, 1, 31
January 14, 28

Thursday Route
HOUSEHOLD GARBAGE will be picked up every THURSDAY.
YARD TRASH will be picked up on THURSDAY. Please leave the yard trash out until it
is picked up.

RECYCLING will be picked up EVERY OTHER WEEK on the following THURSDAYS:
May 28
June 11, 25
July 9, 23
August 6, 20
September 3, 17
October 1, 15, 29
November 12, 25
December 10, 24
January 7, 21

Sanitation Routes Map

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.

Report Issues

Please use the button below to report any issues.

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 803.791.1880 to report stolen carts/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.