Weekly residents are asked to have their roll cart at the curb by 7:00 AM for collection and leave them out until 7:00 PM that evening.

Effective immediately, starting Friday, January 14, 2022, the City of Sumter sanitation crews will not be sorting recycling at the curb. Until further notice, please bag your recycling items and place them in the same container as your regular trash. This will allow our teams to focus on residential and commercial pickup and yard debris. Thank you for your patience and understanding.


Acceptable Items

  • Aluminum and steel cans (food, beverage and pet food cans)
  • Cardboard (See flyer below for "Preparing Material Properly for Curbside Collection")
  • Glass bottles & jars (clear, green or brown bottles, jugs and jars)
  • Paper (newspaper, inserts, magazines, office paper and telephone books)
  • Plastic (beverage, detergent, shampoo and other narrow neck bottles and jugs marked by a #1 or #2 symbol, usually found on the bottom of the bottle)

 Unacceptable Items

  • Aerosol cans (hairspray, spray paint, shaving cream)
  • Poster board or paperboard (cereal, detergent or shoe boxes)
  • Drinking glasses, mirrors, window glass, pyrex glass/dishes, ceramics, light bulbs
  • Foil wrappers, cellophane, facial tissues, paper towels, folders with metal fasteners, styrofoam, hardback books
  • Plastic bottles marked #3 or higher
  • Batteries*
  • Brown Goods (furniture)*
  • Building Material*
  • Household Electronics*
  • Tires*
  • Fluorescent Light Bulbs*
  • White Goods (Refrigerators, Washers, Dryers, etc.)*

*These items may be dropped off at the County Landfill.

Additionally, Sumter County has nine Recycling Centers strategically located throughout the county for the collection of municipal solid waste, C&D debris, yard debris and recyclables. The Recycling Centers are open to Sumter County residents only. No waste is accepted from private industries or commercial entities.

Public Education

The Sanitation Department participates with DHEC in a program called "Action in the Classroom" in which we visit local City schools with our recycling mascot, Rocky the Recycler. For information about the Sanitation Department or to schedule Rocky the Recycler, please contact Randolph Paige, Director of Sanitation at (803) 436-2673.

Download our City of Sumter Curbside Recycling Program Flyer below...