Recycling Centers & Tips

Hilton Head Island, SC

Recycling is a responsible way that individuals can help out the environment, preserve our natural resources and reduce the amount of waste that is sent to landfills. The US Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 75 percent of the waste we produce is actually recyclable. The materials accepted by recycling centers vary by region so be sure to check locally for specific details about what's allowed.

When it comes to recycling, remember the 3 R's: reduce, re-use and then recycle. You should always look first at reducing your consumption and make an effort to produce less waste. Then you can address re-use by thinking creatively about how you can reinvent something to give it a new purpose rather than throwing it out.

Start recycling at home by separating the waste your family produces into the following five groups:

1. Glass
2. Paper and cardboard
3. Aluminum and other metals
4. Organic waste
5. Everything else.

Most plastics are labeled with one of seven codes that indicate the type of material they are made from. The most common types of plastics accepted at recycling centers are #1-PET and #2-HDPE. Whenever possible, try to purchase products made of or packaged in plastic containers that feature these two codes so you can recycle them at a later date.

Used motor oils, old tires, antifreeze, spent batteries, paint, pesticides, and old electronics should be disposed of in an environmentally conscientious manner. Never discard these potentially dangerous pollutants in your household trash or pour liquid residues into drains; take them to a recycling center or have them picked up by a responsible handler!

Hilton Head Island Recycling Center

Convenience Center
26 Summit Drive
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

Open Everyday 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Except Holidays


  • Bagged Household Garbage
  • Yard Waste (leaves, trimmings, limbs and branches up to six inches in diameter and eight feet in length)
  • Non-Compactable Items (furniture, toys, miscellaneous bulky household items)
  • Recyclables
  • Used Motor Oil; gasoline/oil mixture; motor oil bottles and oil filters
  • Aluminum and Steel Cans (aluminum beverage and steel "tin" food cans, aerosol cans, scrap aluminum)
  • Appliances and Scrap Metal (all appliances with metal parts - stoves, washers, dryers, and refrigerators; also grills, bicycles, etc.)
  • Paper
  • Cardboard, pasteboard (cereal boxes, etc), magazines, phone books and mixed paper
  • Newspaper - do not tie or bag newspapers
  • Glass (clear, green, brown, and blue glass bottles and jars - remove caps and lids) Not Accepted: window glass, pottery, porcelain, china
  • Plastic (bottles, jars, and jugs)
  • Tires (passenger vehicle tires - limited to four per day per patron)

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