In June, Summerville will return to single-stream recycling curbside collection after Town Council reached an agreement with Charleston County to accept items at its recycling processing space in North Charleston. This means metals, plastic and glass, as well as paper and cardboard, will be picked up from in front of homes. “We look forward to working with our friends at Charleston County and being able to provide this service to our citizens again,” said Russ Cornette, the town’s director of public works.

The week of June 28 will be the first week single-stream recycling is collected. Residents can expect additional educational information in the mail. Summerville has been limited to paper and cardboard due to the closure of the Charleston County Materials Recovery Facility. Councilwoman Kima Garten-Schmidt said it’s been almost two years that the town has been without single-stream recycling. Cornette said there was no other space in the Charleston area where the town could process single-stream recycling. While there were other possible alternatives in the state, the transportation costs were too high for the town.

Cornette said it was always the intention to return to single-stream recycling when Charleston County finished its 82,000-square-foot Material Recovery Facility on Palmetto Commerce Parkway.

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Author: Jerrel Floyd, The Post and Courier
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