Facts About Recyclables

Facts about Beaufort County Recyclables

Batteries
Car Batteries 
Should be taken back to the merchant where the new battery was purchased. Used automotive, marine, and lawn mower batteries are accepted at all County Convenience Centers.

Rechargeable Batteries
Are taken at all County Convenience Centers. 

  • Your club or group may subscribe to the same free program through www.rbrc.org a Non-profit organization which promotes recycling of all rechargeable batteries and cellphones.

Alkaline Batteries
Commonly known as “flashlight” batteries are non-rechargeable and may be safely disposed of with household trash at this time.  Some vendors do offer recycling of these batteries at a fee. You can do an internet search to locate these vendors.

Cardboard
Cardboard and fiberboard boxes are a major portion of residential waste streams; by recycling we save not only trees but the additional energy it takes to make paper from virgin pulp wood.

Cardboard is accepted at some County Convenience Centers

  • Shanklin, Gate, St. Helena, Pritchardville, Bluffton and Hilton Head Convenience Centers
  • Cardboard is accepted aboard MCAS Beaufort behind the PX.

Glass

Green, Brown and Clear Glass Containers (not light bulbs or mirrors)
Please rinse out containers and separate by color

Green, Brown, and Clear Glass Containers are accepted at some County Convenience Centers

  • Shanklin, Gate, St. Helena, Coffin Point, Pritchardville, Bluffton and Hilton Head Convenience Centers

Metals
Metals of all sorts are valuable commodities and may be sold by citizens at local commercial recycling businesses or brought to County Convenience Centers.

Aluminum and Steel Cans
Are accepted at some County Convenience Centers

  • Shanklin, Gate, St. Helena, Coffin Point, Pritchardville, Bluffton and Hilton Head Convenience Centers 

Scrap Metal, Appliances (White Goods) with metal parts such as washers, dryers, stoves, grills, etc.
Are accepted at four County Convenience Centers

  • Shanklin, St Helena, Simmonsville and Hilton Head Convenience Centers

Cooking Oil
Used cooking oil is recycled into biodiesel & must be free of any non-food contamination. Bring used cooking oil in the original container with a secure lid and give to attendant.

  • All Centers accept Cooking Oil

Oyster Shells
Oyster Shells are being recycled and used in vital oyster restoration programs throughout the County by SCDNR and other agencies.

  • They may be recycled at the Sands in Port Royal, Shanklin Convenience Center and Hunting Island State Park.

Paper
Paper is major portion of residential waste streams; by recycling we save not only trees but the additional energy it takes to make paper from virgin pulp wood.

Newspapers
Are accepted at some County Convenience Centers in the Green and Red bins provided by GEL Recycling.

  • Shanklin, Gate, St. Helena, Pritchardville, Bluffton and Hilton Head Convenience Centers

Magazines/Catalogues/Phonebooks
May be
deposited in the mixed paper/cardboard container at some County Convenience Centers. Gently used Books may also be taken to Beaufort County Libraries for Friends of the Library.

  • Shanklin, Gate, St. Helena, Pritchardville, Bluffton and Hilton Head Convenience Centers 

Plastic
Plastics are made from petroleum products and are a valuable item for recycling at this time.  By recycling we save petroleum and energy needed to make carpets, new bottles, plastic lumber and other great products.

Plastic Bottles
Can be recycled at some of the County Convenience Centers. Please empty/rinse contents.

  • Shanklin, Gate, St. Helena, Coffin Point, Pritchardville, Bluffton and Hilton Head Convenience Centers 

Plastic Bags 
Store bags are NOT accepted at County Convenience Centers for recycling. You may take them to your grocery store to recycle.

Printer Ink Cartridges
Take to your local Staples Store

Tires
Tires stored in open areas collect water and become breeding grounds for mosquitoes creating a potential health hazard. Non-useable tires Should be left with/returned to the merchant where replacement tires were purchased.

  • County residents may bring 4 tires per day to all County Convenience Centers for proper disposal

Used Motor Oil and Other Petroleum
Used Motor Oil
Must be free of gasoline, diesel fuel and other petroleum products. Used Motor Oil is accepted at all County Convenience Centers

  • 5 Gallon limit per day

Oil Filters
Used oil filters are accepted at all County Convenience Centers

Gasoline/Oil Mixture

  • Accepted only at Shanklin, Pritchardville, Sheldon, St. Helena, and Bluffton Convenience Centers