Trash & Recycling

Dewees Utility Corp. staff manages trash and recycling removal for the island.  All trash and recycling are removed from the island via barge at a cost to the POA. You can help save money by reducing waste and proper recycling.

Household Trash

Owners are responsible for household trash and recycling at the Solid Waste Area station located near Public Works. Please close the sliding door to the trash containers to keep raccoons & rodents out.

For larger items such as mattresses, bicycles, beach chairs, etc., please use the large 30-yard container, not the small trash containers.


Recycling helps preserve our environment and wildlife.

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

Cardboard: Corrugated cardboard boxes must be broken down to maximize the space of our recycling containers. The more quickly they are filled, the more often we must have them emptied on the mainland. Transporting trash and recycling is costly to all owners.

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 the 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.

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

CLICK HERE for more information about Charleston County Recycling.

Recycling Golf Cart Batteries

There is a designated pallet located near the 30-yard container for disposing of golf cart batteries. Please do not throw them in the dumpsters. We take them off-island and recycle them.

White Goods/Appliances Disposal

White Goods, such as washers, dryers, refrigerators, dishwashers, stoves, etc., are not permitted in our containers. Each homeowner is responsible for taking appliances off the island. To dispose of old appliances and large metal items, we ask you to arrange for your service delivery person who is delivering a new appliance to remove the old appliance off-island.  The County prefers not to put white goods/appliances in dumpsters as appliances do not go to the landfill.


Compost your vegetable scraps at your home. Different owners use different methods of composting: tumblers, compost bins, solar cones, and worm recyclers.