STREET & SANITATION SERVICES
The City of Darlington Street & Sanitation Department is located at 586 W. Broad Street in Darlington.
The Street & Sanitation Department can be reached at (843) 398-4035.
All questions concerning yard debris pickup, recycling containers, or other issues concerning sanitation and street services can be directed to Ms. Carroll.
Garbage is picked up each week.
Recycling is picked up every other week on Tuesday or Friday.
RESIDENTIAL GARBAGE & RECYCLING:
The City of Darlington encourages residents to recycle materials to reduce the amount of waste going into the landfill. The City recycles items including cardboard, plastic, newspapers, magazines, paper, and aluminum cans. The City does not accept glass for recycling.
Blue roll carts are available for recycling, and green roll carts should be used for other household garbage.
For example: If your green cart is picked up on a Monday or Tuesday, your recycling will be picked up on a Tuesday every other week. If your green cart is picked up on a Thursday or Friday, your recycling will be picked up on a Friday every other week.
Note: The City does NOT pick up furniture or appliances from the curb. Please take those items to one of the County’s 13 recycling centers for disposal. A map of those centers can be found here.
What is stormwater?
Impervious surfaces, such as rooftops, driveways, sidewalks, and roads prevent rainwater from soaking into the ground. When it rains on these hard surfaces rainwater becomes stormwater runoff, which picks up pollutants that have been left on the ground–such as pet waste, excess fertilizers, litter, oil, and gasoline–and sweeps them downstream. Some of this runoff may flow directly across the land into a nearby waterway, while some may enter a ditch or storm drain and follow an underground path that eventually discharges to a waterway. Either way, stormwater is untreated, so all of the pollution we leave on land can ultimately end up in the water downstream. As a result, stormwater runoff is considered the greatest threat to water quality in the United States. In South Carolina more than 1,150 of our waterways have been classified as “impaired,” which means they are too polluted or degraded to meet accepted water quality standards. Because we all contribute to stormwater pollution, it is up to all of us to take action to protect water quality.
What causes stormwater pollution?
Stormwater becomes polluted when runoff flows over pollutants that have been left on the ground. Common sources of pollution include bacteria from pet waste, sediment from construction sites and areas of bare soil, litter, pesticides, nutrients from excess fertilizers, improperly stored or disposed of household chemicals, oil from leaky automobiles, detergents from car washing, paint residues, and more. These items only pollute stormwater if they are left on the ground and are swept up the next time it rains. Properly disposing of these items, and avoiding lawn treatments and fertilizer applications right before a rainfall, are good ways to prevent stormwater pollution.
What can I do to help?
There are many additional actions you can take to protect water quality. Consider adding one or two at a time to your daily routine; even small actions taken by individuals can add up to a large impact across your community. Not sure where to begin? Here are just a few easy examples:
- Keep dumpster and garbage can lids closed.
- Keep fats, oil, and grease out of your sink—store them in an old can instead and dispose of in the trash.
- Wash your car at a commercial car wash where the wash-water is treated, or if washing at home, park your car on the grass so wash-water will soak into the ground.
- Dispose of prescription drugs during a collection event instead of flushing or throwing in the trash.
- Reduce fertilizer use.
- Do not flush wipes.
- Plant a pollinator garden.
And don’t forget, only rain down the drain! Water that flows into storm drains empties directly into local waterways untreated – avoid dumping anything down the drain that does not belong there.
Source: Clemson Cooperative Extension
The City of Darlington implemented a storm water fee beginning October 2016. For full details of the fee and how it is used, click here.
The storm water fee will be implemented as follows:
- For residential customers = $4/month
- For commercial customers = $5/month
- For major industrial or retail customers, the fee will be calculated based on the square footage of impervious surfaces
- 10,000 to 100,000 sq. ft. = $10/month
- 100,001 to 200,000 sq. ft. = $20/month
- 200,001 to 300,000 sq. ft. = $30/month
- 300,001 to 400,000 sq. ft. = $40/month
- 400,001 to 500,000 sq. ft. = $50/month
For questions or more information, contact Alex Gainey at the City of Darlington.