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Trash Policy

Managing Trash

On a barrier Island we have some unique situations. Everything that is brought to the island eventually must be removed from the island. To lighten your impact on the environment please consider the following tips:

  • Bring a refillable water bottle for each person instead of bottled water.
  • Bring soda and beer in cans instead of glass or plastic bottles; smash the cans before recycling.

There is no trash pick-up, and we depend on all owners and guests to properly dispose of trash, recyclables and compost.


1. Trash – must be properly bagged in heavy black trash bags and must be brought to the Public Works disposal area (please ask for directions if you are unsure of the location). PLEASE CLOSE THE SLIDING DOOR to keep raccoons & rodents out.

2. Recyclables – Please recycle to reduce trash on the Island. Recycle items must be be brought to the Public Works disposal area and placed in the designated container. Following is a summary of items collected as recyclable on Dewees Island in coordination with Charleston County:

Mixed: 3 colors of glass containers unbroken (clear, brown, and green) – metal lids also – Steel food cans – Aluminum cans, aluminum foil, aluminum pie pans – Plastics #1 – #7 (rinse, lids can stay on) – empty oil bottles (drained, with cap screwed on)

Paper: Newspaper – Magazines – Junk Mail – Office Paper – Books (hard-cover and soft-back) – Glossy Paper (fax, magazines or inserts). No food contaminated paper, metal fasteners, Kleenex, paper towels or napkins.

Cardboard: Corrugated Cardboard boxes (boxes must be broken down)

Paperboard: items such as cereal boxes, soda can boxes, laundry detergent boxes, cracker boxes, cake mix boxes, tissue boxes

CLICK HERE for more information about Charleston County Recyling.

3. Compost – all kitchen scraps in a home compost bin.

Please use the trash dumpster for bagged trash only and the wheelie bins for bagged recyclables only. There are wooden trash receptacles located at all beach access areas of the Island for any loose trash and bottle recycling.

Fish and shellfish:

Please keep all bones and fish refuse separate from your trash. Returning fish to the ocean at the main ferry dock is the best way to dispose of the remains. If you are unable to do this right away, place remains in a bag and freeze until a later time when you can dispose of them properly (this eliminates odor).

Thank you for your help!

updated 3/6/13