Trash & Recycling
The City of Forest Acres collects trash, recycling and yard debris once a week at each residence.
On the morning of your weekly garbage collection day, your cart must be at the curb by 7:00 AM. Please remove your cart from the curb by 8:00 PM of your collection day. Garbage and rubbish must be placed in roll carts and recyclable materials must be placed in recyclables containers.
What to Throw Away
Your cart is for disposing of regular household garbage. Before you place household garbage in your roll cart, please make sure it is in a bag and is tied securely. Bag and tie so garbage won’t fly! Plastic shopping bags are good to use as garbage bags and you can use the handles as ties. Pet owners: please seal animal waste and cat litter in plastic bags. Please do not use your cart for yard waste, recycling, hot ashes, flammable liquids, chemicals, motor oil, hazardous waste or construction debris.
Each resident is provided with one recycling bin by the city.
- Plastic containers (i.e. milk jugs, soda bottles, cooking oil bottles), recycle codes #1 – 7
- Glass: clear, green and brown beverage and food containers (must be clean to be accepted)
- Newspapers and magazines
- Aluminum and tin (i.e. soda and vegetable cans)
Please do not recycle:
- Egg cartons, plastic bags, butter tubs or other food containers
- Light bulbs, dishes, or window pane glass
Other recycling options:
Corrugated cardboard, cereal boxes, drink cartons or other odd type paperboard may be dropped off for recycling at the Public Works facility at:
The corner of Covenant Rd. and Robert Springs Rd.
Gear oil, fuel oil, heating oil, kerosene, hydraulic fluid, diesel fuel, automatic transmission fluid, household cooking oil (small quantities) and small engine gas/oil mixture may be recycled at:
Richland County Public Works Facility
400 Powell Road
Columbia, SC 29203
Telephone (803) 576-2400
Hours: 7AM to 6PM
Lower Richland Drop-Off Site
10531 Garners Ferry Road
Eastover, SC 29044
Telephone (803) 776-2324
Hours: Monday through Saturday 8:00 AM until 5:30 PM
Sunday 12:30 PM until 5:30 PM
Hours are subject to change. Contact Richland County at 803-929-6000 for hours of operation.
Residential yard debris such as leaves, pine straw, grass clippings, trimmings from shrubs, and trees may be bagged or placed at the roadside in loose piles. Tree limbs must not exceed six feet in length or eight inches in diameter.
By city ordinance, Forest Acres does not remove debris generated by commercial tree cutters, tree surgeons, or landscapers or construction debris generated by remodeling or repairs. The contractor or resident is responsible for disposal at an approved county landfill.
Burning of any yard debris is prohibited in the city limits.
Household appliances and electronics are collected each Friday by residents requesting a pick up no later than the preceding Thursday.
Recyclable household electronics:
- Computers and computer accessories (keyboards, monitors, printers, scanners, consoles)
- Televisions 40” or smaller, no consoles TVs
- VCRs, DVD players
- Power tools, radios, fax machines
- Other small appliances: microwave ovens, telephones (land and cell), pagers and answering machines
- Scrap metal, stoves
- Washers and dryers
- Bicycles, metal door frames, metal chairs, metal shelves, metal file cabinets
- Lawn mowers (must be free of gas and oil)
Appliances and electronics may also be taken directly to:
Richland County C&D Landfill
1070 Caughman Road North
Columbia, SC 29203
Telephone (803) 576-2390
Operational Hours: Monday through Friday 7:00 AM until 4:30 PM
Saturday 7:00 AM until 12:30 PM
Special Needs Collection Service
The city provides special collection services for residents physically unable to access curbside service. Special needs collection services require a physician’s certification. Please call City Hall to apply for the service.
Holiday Schedule Pickup
Please note there is no garbage or recyclables collected on New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Please check our blog for up-to-date information as to how schedules will be impacted by holidays.
The City of Forest Acres is a part of the Richland Countywide Stormwater Corsortium who supports the restoration and protection of healthy waterways in Richland County through outreach, stormwater education, public involvement, and partnerships with local governments, citizens, businesses, schools, and organizations. Visit the Consortium on Facebook.