Solid Waste and Recycle

Overview of Materials Handling

Beaufort County provides 11 convenience centers located throughout the county where residents can drop off their household solid waste and yard waste.  Residential C&D debris is accepted in small amounts at three centers (Shanklin, St. Helena, Bluffton). Seven of the convenience centers accept recycling materials. Specific information on recycling is available at: General Recycling Info. Commercial businesses are required to contract with a private company for their hauling and disposal needs.  Please note changes in Convenience Center operating hours listed below.


City of Beaufort - Telephone: (843) 525-7054
The city of Beaufort offers curbside solid waste and recycling collection to residents. Residents are charged monthly for solid waste that is included on their BJWSA water bill to participate in the program. The initial recycling bins are free and can be obtained by calling the telephone number above. 

Town of Port Royal - Telephone: (843) 986-2215
Port Royal offers curbside solid waste and recycling collection to residents. For more information call the number for the Town of Port Royal above.

Town of Bluffton - Telephone: (843) 706-4500
Bluffton offers curbside solid waste and recycling collection to residents.  For more information call the number for the Town of Bluffton above.  The cost of recycling is paid for through property taxes.

Town of Hilton Head - Telephone: (843) 342-4581 or visit

County Convenience Center Operating Hours to Change Starting October 4, 2014

Effective October 4, 2014, the operating hours of all Beaufort County Convenience Centers will change.  This action is being taken as part of the County’s overall plan to prevent a tax increase and reduce County expenses.  “Economic restraints and particularly the conscience effort of County Council not to raise ad valorem taxes challenges County Administration to find ways that both serve the requirement for no additional taxes and permits continuation of this service,” said County Administrator Gary Kubic.

Staff reviewed traffic and usage patterns at the centers across several years and found that eliminating service from 7:00 am – 9:00 am would affect the least number of citizens using the centers. Wednesday was chosen as the day during the week to be closed, as traffic patterns showed that day as having the least use.  County Solid Waste Manager Jim Minor stated, “No matter which hours were chosen we knew a reduction of hours would unfortunately adversely impact some citizens using the centers. We made our decision based on a balance between traffic and usage data and operational considerations, such as the need for routine maintenance.”

Operating hours will change as follows:

Group A

9:00 am – 7:00 pm Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday

Closed Monday, Wednesday, Friday and County Holidays

  • Big Estate, 63 Big Estate Road
  • Coffin Point, 10 Cee Cee Road
  • Cuffy, 152 Cuffy Road
  • Sheldon, 208 Johnson Road

Group B

9:00 am – 7:00 pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday Saturday, Sunday

Closed Wednesday and County Holidays

  • Bluffton, 104 Simmonsville Road
  • Gate, 130 Castle Rock Road
  • Hilton Head, 26 Summit Drive
  • Lobeco, 6 Keans Neck Road
  • Pritchardville, 270 Gibbet Road
  • Shanklin, 80 Shanklin Road
  • St. Helena, 639 Sea Island Parkway

If you have questions concerning the change in center operating hours please call the Solid Waste and Recycling section for more information at 843-255-2736 or visit the website at