ALL-IN-ONE mixed recycling eliminates the need for residents to separate household waste and recyclables. Residents simply place mixed household waste and recyclables in their roll cart. The collected waste and recyclables is transported to the City’s Materials Recovery Facility for mechanical and manual recovery of recyclables.
Materials Recovery Video
Since 1993, the City of North Augusta has operated a Materials Recovery Facility where residential and commercial solid waste and mixed recyclables is processed and separated into individual commodities, including cardboard, glass, aluminum and different plastics. These materials are baled and sent to processors to produce new products.
The City operates a Residential Recycling Drop-Off Center located at 67 Claypit Road North Augusta, SC 29841 for residents who want to recycle. Blue dumpsters specifically designated for recycling are labeled and located at the center. Drop off the following items:
The items listed below will be accepted.
Aluminum and Steel Cans
Metal cans, including food and beverage cans. Empty and rinse. The lids on these cans be recycled too. Place the lid back inside the can.
- Aluminum foil is not accepted
Food and Beverage Cartons
Food and beverage cartons such as milk, juice, soup, creamers. Empty, rinse, and replace plastic caps before placing in your recycling container.
Glass Bottles and Jars
Clear, brown & green bottles and jars. Empty and rinse.
- Drinking glasses, canning jars, Pyrex, window glass, and ceramics are not accepted
Paper and Cardboard
Newspaper, magazines, catalogs, computer paper, junk mail, cereal and other paperboard boxes and paper bags. Corrugated cardboard boxes- please flatten.
- Pizza boxes are not accepted.
- Shredded paper is not accepted.
Plastic bottles and containers such as milk and juice jugs, soda & water bottles, shampoo bottles; detergent bottles, prescription bottles, etc. Empty and rinse.
- Styrofoam containers/packaging are not accepted.
- Plastic bottles with motor oil are not accepted.
- Plastic garden plant pots are not accepted.
- Plastic bags, of any kind, are not accepted.
The amount of stuff we use and buy tends to translate into the amount of trash we produce. Today, waste is a huge problem, affecting every part of our environment, from our waterways to our atmosphere, our grassy fields to our forests, our plants to our people. If we want to make an impact in the fight against waste and pollution, one of the best things we can do is reduce waste.
Reducing and Reusing Basics
The most effective way to reduce waste is to not create it in the first place. Making a new product requires a lot of materials and energy - raw materials must be extracted from the earth, and the product must be fabricated then transported to wherever it will be sold. As a result, reduction and reuse are the most effective ways you can save natural resources, protect the environment and save money.
Benefits of Reducing and Reusing
- Prevents pollution caused by reducing the need to harvest new raw materials
- Saves energy
- Reduces greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change
- Helps sustain the environment for future generations
- Saves money
- Reduces the amount of waste that will need to be recycled or sent to landfill.
- Allows products to be used to their fullest extent
How to Reduce and Reuse
- Buy used. You can find everything from clothes to building materials at specialized reuse centers and consignment shops. Often, used items are less expensive and just as good as new.
Look for products that use less packaging. When manufacturers make their products with less packaging, they use less raw material. This reduces waste and costs. These extra savings can be passed along to the consumer. Buying in bulk, for example, can reduce packaging and save money.
- Buy reusable over disposable items. Look for items that can be reused; the little things can add up. For example, you can bring your own silverware and cup to work, rather than using disposable items.
One person's trash is another person's treasure. Instead of discarding unwanted appliances, tools or clothes, try selling or donating them. Not only will you be reducing waste, you'll be helping others. Local churches, community centers, thrift stores, schools and nonprofit organizations may accept a variety of donated items, including used books, working electronics and unneeded furniture.
Disclaimer: These sites are listed for informational purposes only. The City of North Augusta does not endorse any of these entities nor their services.
Please view our Reduce Reuse video by clicking the video link below.
Disposing of Unwanted Medications
Expired or unwanted prescriptions or over-the-counter medications from households have traditionally been disposed of by flushing them down the toilet or a drain. Although this method of disposal prevents immediate accidental ingestion, it can cause pollution in wastewater, which has been demonstrated to cause adverse effects to fish and other aquatic wildlife. When the water is eventually reused, it can also cause unintentional human exposure to chemicals in medications.
The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day provides a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.
Unwanted electronics are one of the nation's fastest growing waste streams. Often called e-waste, electronics contain potentially hazardous material such as lead and mercury that can pose a risk to human health and the environment if not properly managed.
Did you know residents are required to recycle electronics. In July 2011 South Carolina Legislation passed a law making it illegal for residents to place or discard electronics into a solid waste stream Please place unwanted electronics curbside near your roll cart.
Please note that due to the cost to recycle certain electronics a fee of $25.00 will be added to your utility bill per Television, Computer Monitor and Printer. There is no charge to dispose of vacuums, toasters, stereos, computers and other similar devises.
To encourage backyard composting, the City is selling compost bins at a discounted price of $55 each. In comparison, retail compost bins can cost upwards of $100. Each bin comes with detailed instructions on installation and what can/can’t be composted and how to properly maintain the compost and the bin. Order your Compost Bin using the online service request or call 803-441-4240.
Backyard composting compliments North Augusta’s blue bag recycling program, and is a great way to reduce your household waste. Did you know grass, leaves, and other wastes from lawns and backyard gardens account for an estimated 18% of the annual municipal waste stream.
What is Composting?
Composting is simply a combination of yard debris (like grass clippings and fallen leaves) and kitchen scraps (such as fruit and vegetable spoils), separated from the waste stream and placed into a composting bin for decomposition. Through composting, you can experience the benefits of this rich soil additive giving you healthier and greener lawns and gardens.