Established as a Special Purpose District in 1968, Greater Greenville Sanitation provides full-service, non-hazardous, waste and recovery solutions to nearly 60,000 residential and commercial customers in Greenville County.

COMMISSIONERS

  • Scott Porter - Chairman
  • Kenneth Ledford - Vice Chairman
  • Tony Earnest
  • Brian Garrison

ADMINISTRATION

Executive Director - Steve Cole
Finance Director - Laura Prichard

DOCUMENTS & STATEMENTS

Commission By-laws - Download (PDF)

2024/2025 Budget First Reading - Download (PDF)

2024/2025 Budget Second Reading -Download (PDF)
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2023/2024 Budget First Reading - Download (PDF)

2023/2024 Budget Second Reading - Download (PDF)
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2022/2023 Budget First Reading - Download (PDF)

2022/2023 Budget Second Reading - Download (PDF)

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2021/2022 Budget First Reading - Download (PDF)

2021/2022 Budget Second Reading - Download (PDF)

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2020/2021 Budget First Reading -    Download (PDF)

2020/2021 Budget Second Reading -    Download (PDF)

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2019/2020 Budget First Reading - Download (PDF)

2019/2020 Budget Second Reading - Download (PDF)

PRESS RELEASES

The Greater Greenville Sanitation District provides a valuable service to our community with its commitment to keeping Greenville County clean and healthy. The solid waste management services provided are funded by the real and personal property taxes that residents and businesses within the district pay on an annual basis. It is imperative as a community service funded by tax dollars that Greater Greenville Sanitation manage the funding wisely and be good stewards of the monies received.
The total cost of collection and disposal of recyclable items is more than four (4) times the cost of collection and disposal of garbage. As of this week, the cost to dispose of garbage is $18.00 per ton while the cost to dispose of recyclable items is $65.00 per ton and growing.
After an extensive review of the increasing costs associated with the purchase and maintenance of equipment, fuel and personnel, Greater Greenville Sanitation has made the difficult decision to end recycling collection effective March 30, 2023.

The elimination of recycling collection will not affect the current millage or sanitation fees incurred by residents and businesses within the Greater Greenville Sanitation District. The savings incurred will be invested in automated garbage and yard waste collection equipment.
Those who wish to continue recycling may do so by using the six (6) residential waste and recycling centers and eleven (11) recycling drop off locations owned and operated by Greenville County. The list of locations may be found at www.greenvillecounty.org.

The last day of recycling collection will be March 30, 2023. You may keep the blue recycling roll carts or recycling dumpsters for garbage overflow if needed, or you may schedule a pickup of your recycling roll cart or recycling dumpster by calling customer service at 864-232-6721. A list of FAQs is provided at www.ggsc.gov.

Steve Cole
Executive Director
Greater Greenville Sanitation District

April 26, 2017 - Greater Greenville Sanitation District (GGSD)Community Stewardship Award

Greenville, South Carolina
April 26, 2017
GGSD recognizes a demonstrated commitment to our environment and local community
APRIL 26, 2017 – GREENVILLE, SC – The GGSD STEWARDSHIP AWARD recognizes individuals, communities, businesses and non-profit organizations in the GGSD Service District that provide leadership in environmental protection and practice in the areas of waste reduction, recycling, and litter prevention.

In, 2016 GGSD recognized Terry Turner as the recipient of this award.
Terry is the President of Welcome, Tanglewood and Carolina Crime Watch-Community Action. “Terry and her team have
done an outstanding job of bringing these communities together around common issues and concerns, especially those related to the White Horse road corridor. In addition, her efforts to engage local schools such as environmental studies and journalism Ssudents at Carolina high, to help raise awareness about waste minimization, and her resource conservation is an exemplary example of community activism and volunteerism,” said Chuck LaGrange, GGSD Public Information Officer.

The award, which also included a community clean-up kit valued at $500, was presented by Chuck LaGrange and District 25 Councilman Dr. Ennis Fant.
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Media Contact: Brandon Hunter | 864-371-6151 | [email protected]



April 27, 2016 - Greater Greenville Sanitation No Longer Accepting E-Waste

Greenville, South Carolina
April 27, 2016

On April 26, 2016 The Greater Greenville Sanitation Commission voted to discontinue collection of electronic waste (e-waste) at the curb, and at its facilities at 1501 West Washington Street in Greenville, South Carolina.

Customers wishing to dispose of e-waste can continue to do so at no charge at any one of Greenville County’s multiple drop-off centers.

These collection changes were deemed necessary so as to increase efficiency, reduce costs, provide for more disposal options for customers, and provide for a more coordinated and streamlined approach to managing e-waste County-wide.

For County drop-off site locations customers can visit www.ggsc.gov and/or contact Greater Greenville Sanitation at 864-232-6721.

Established as a Special Purpose District in 1968, Greater Greenville Sanitation provides full-service, non-hazardous, waste and recovery solutions to nearly 60,000 residential and commercial customers in Greenville County.



January 4, 2016 - Greater Greenville Sanitation Switching to Roll Carts for Recycling

Greenville, South Carolina
January 4, 2016

Over the years Greater Greenville Sanitation has been proud of its commitment to waste minimization and landfill conservation by offering weekly recycling collection and education programs at no charge.

Despite our best efforts the recycling industry is undergoing a significant change as ongoing downturns in markets have forced recycling processors to eliminate rebates (revenue) in favor of fees for use of their facilities.
As a result of this added cost, the Greater Greenville Sanitation Commission is making the following changes to strengthen and preserve its residential recycling collection program effective July 1, 2016.

At that time Greater Greenville Sanitation will:

1. Switch collection from bins to roll carts
2. Move from weekly to every-other-week collection
3. Require registration with a one-time charge of $25 for customers wishing to recycle
4. No longer accept glass for recycling

These changes are necessary to allow us to continue to provide recycling services to our customers while at the same time striking a balance between financial stewardship and social responsibility.
For more information contact Greater Greenville Sanitation at 864-232-6721 or online at [email protected].

Established as a Special Purpose District in 1968, Greater Greenville Sanitation provides full-service, non-hazardous, waste and recovery solutions to nearly 60,000 residential and commercial customers in Greenville County.



August 26, 2015 - Greater Greenville Sanitation Terminates Carpet Recovery & Recycling Program

Greenville, South Carolina
August 26, 2015

Due to collection challenges and a lack of participation, the Greater Greenville Sanitation Commission voted to terminate its carpet recovery and recycling program at its August Commission meeting held on 8/25/2015.

As a result, Greater Greenville Sanitation will no longer accept carpet for recycling at its Sustainability Center located at 1501 West Washington Street in Greenville, South Carolina.

This change does not impact existing service levels for carpet set-out for disposal by Greater Greenville Sanitation customers.

The termination of this program is effective immediately.

In the meantime, Greater Greenville Sanitation would like to thank everyone, especially the Greenville County Solid Waste Division, who worked with us in attempting to make this a viable program. We greatly appreciate your time and support despite this outcome.

Moving forward Greater Greenville Sanitation will continue its commitment to working with public and private sector groups on similar initiatives aimed at fostering a healthy and vibrant recycling sector.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at 864-232-6721.



April 9, 2015 - Greater Greenville Sanitation Launches County's First Carpet Recovery & Collection Effort

Greenville, South Carolina
April 9, 2015

As little as five years ago recycling of end-of-life carpets and post installation off-cuts was practically unknown. However recent advances in recycling and materials technology has breathed new life into what was once a material destined for the landfill.

In an effort to take advantage of this new opportunity Greater Greenville Sanitation (GGS) would like to announce the launch of its Carpet Collection Pilot Program in partnership with the South Carolina Carpet Recovery Coalition (CRC).

The South Carolina Carpet Recovery Coalition is a cooperative effort between governments, colleges and universities to increase the recovery of post-consumer carpet and carpet padding. The coalition’s goal is to maximize the economic and environmental benefits of carpet recycling.

As a carpet recycling leader in the Southeast, South Carolina has a diverse network of companies with several hundred million pounds of recycling capacity. These businesses include collectors, processors and end users that utilize recovered carpet to manufacture new products for the automotive, construction, electronics and lawn and garden industries. As the first, waste carpet collection center in Greenville County, GGS is excited about the opportunity to add this material to our growing list of recyclables which currently includes paper, cardboard, plastics, metals, and glass.

“Carpet collection is just another way that we continue to grow our recycling program, whose rate has doubled over the last two years. It also demonstrates our ongoing commitment to waste recovery and landfill conservation in Greenville County,” said Meta Armstrong, Chairman of the Greater Greenville Sanitation Commission Subcommittee on Recycling and Sustainability. GGSC will begin accepting carpet at its Sustainability Center located at 1501 West Washington Street in Greenville, South Carolina on May 7, 2015. The facility will accept carpet each Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. There will be no charge for carpet disposal.

More information regarding types of carpet collected and disposal requirements can be found online at www.ggsc.gov.

Greater Greenville Sanitation is a full-service solid waste and recycling provider established as a special purpose district in 1968 to serve Greenville County.

For more information contact Greater Greenville Sanitation at 864-232-6721 or online at [email protected].



August 14, 2014 - Greater Greenville Vacant Lot Fee

Greenville, South Carolina
August 14, 2014

The Greater Greenville Sanitation Service District (GGSD) would like to serve notice that the Greater Greenville Sanitation Commission voted to approve a vacant lot fee of $25, per vacant lot, for properties in the Greater Greenville Sanitation Service District, so as to recoup expenses resulting from the Commission cleaning up illegally dumped materials. The new fee is effective as of the 2014 annual property tax notices.

Greater Greenville Sanitation is a full-service solid waste and recycling provider established as a special purpose district in 1968 to serve Greenville County.

For more information contact Greater Greenville Sanitation at 864-232-6721 or online at [email protected].



June 19, 2014 - Greater Greenville Roll Cart Rate Change

Greenville, South Carolina
June 19, 2014

Beginning July 1, 2014 Greater Greenville Sanitation will begin charging existing customers $60.00 for each roll cart that needs to be replaced due to theft, negligence, and/or abuse. Greater Greenville Sanitation reserves the right to inspect and make the final determination as to whether roll carts need to be repaired or replaced.

Greater Greenville Sanitation is a full-service solid waste and recycling provider established as a special purpose district in 1968 to serve Greenville County.

For more information contact Greater Greenville Sanitation at 864-232-6721 or online at [email protected].



January 9, 2013 - Greater Greenville Launches 'Roll Into Recycling' Program

Greenville, South Carolina
January 9, 2013

Greater Greenville Sanitation (GGS) would like to announce the launch of its “Roll into Recycling” 2014 pilot program which was made possible through a grant from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Quality (SCDHEC).

The goal of the program is to determine if a larger recycling container will result in greater quantities of recyclable material generated by homeowners/or increase recycling participation among GGS customers.

Specifically the program will make use of a 95-gallon recycling, roll cart instead of the traditional 18-gallon recycling bin. One-hundred participants from select neighborhoods in the GGS Service District, identified through random draw, will participate in this initiative. Each neighborhood will be audited weekly for program effectiveness over a 3-month period. The neighborhoods include Monaghan, Dunean, Rivermist, and Montebello.

“This initiative is part of a much broader effort to build upon the success of our 2013 recycling strategies which resulted in a doubling of our recycling rates from 3% to almost 7% in under a year. If successful it would allow GGS to justify a move towards making available this larger capacity container to our entire customer base,” said Ed Marr, GGS Executive Director.

The program was officially launched this week in the Monaghan neighborhood. GGS hopes to report the results of its effort at the end of 2014.

Greater Greenville Sanitation is a full-service solid waste and recycling provider established as a special purpose district in 1968 to serve Greenville County. For more information contact Chuck LaGrange, Public Information & Sustainability Officer at 864-371-6151 or [email protected].



March 19, 2013 - Taylors Fire & Sewer District & Greater Greenville Sanitation Joint Press Release

Taylors, South Carolina
March 19, 2013

Taylors Fire and Sewer District (TFSD) and Greater Greenville Sanitation were recently made aware of third party information that was shared with WORD 1330 and TFSD customers regarding a proposal for “annexation” by Greater Greenville Sanitation.

Both TFSD and Greater Greenville Sanitation would like to assure customers that the information they may have received is false and that there is NOT a proposal for annexation underway. Rather both organizations are working in a cooperative effort to simply provide customers with another cost effective alternative when choosing solid waste services.

The genesis of that effort occurred several months ago when Greater Greenville Sanitation was approached by TFSD to provide commercial Sanitation services to their District Office and Fire Station, so as to realize a greater cost savings and expanded service levels verses their existing provider. An article regarding these savings was published on December 12, 2012 in The Greer Citizen.

As a result of that conversation TFSD requested that Greater Greenville Sanitation provide them with information regarding how they may be able to provide similar services and cost savings to customers in the TFSD District. Subsequent meetings were held with TFSD along with a presentation at a Taylors Town Square community meeting in early February. Following those events a survey was sent out to a targeted area of roughly 1,100 customers in the TFSD to determine citizen interest.

The results of that survey will be presented at a public meeting on April 9th. It should be noted that Greater Greenville Sanitation will simply be offering their services to the Taylors area. If customers are satisfied with their current service provider then they can stay with that provider. If they are interested in receiving Greater Greenville Sanitation services, which also includes recycling and green waste collection, then they would be billed quarterly just like any other private service provider. Furthermore, and most importantly, it should be noted that receiving Greater Greenville Sanitation services will NOT result in a tax, annexation, or line item on a tax bill. Rather Greater Greenville Sanitation will simply become another CHOICE that citizens will be able to choose from in regards to Sanitation services.

Once again we would like to emphasize that this is NOT an annexation, and that the choice of a Sanitation service provider will continue to reside with the citizens. This project is simply a means to provide customers with another competitive option for Sanitation services.

To date both organizations have been very open and transparent about this survey process which is why we wanted to take this opportunity to clear up any confusion and misinformation that customers may have received.

In conclusion we would like to thank customers for their attention to this matter and welcome any questions or comments they may have regarding this service. For questions or concerns customers may contact either TFSD at 864-244-5596 or Greater Greenville Sanitation at 864-232-6721. Greater Greenville Sanitation can also be reached via email at [email protected].

Greater Greenville Sanitation is a full-service solid waste and recycling provider established as a special purpose district in 1968 to serve Greenville County.

Taylors Fire and Sewer District provides sewer and fire protection as a special purpose district which was established in 1958 to serve Taylors.



November 26, 2012 - Residential Curbside Glass Collection

Greenville, South Carolina
November 26, 2012

Beginning January 1, 2013, Greater Greenville Sanitation will be expanding its curbside recycling program to include glass bottles, jars, and jugs.

“The addition of glass to our curbside recycling program now provides a complete recycling solution for customers who may have previously been recycling glass, but traveling to local recycling centers to do so. It also is another way in which we are trying to be better stewards of the environment by diverting tons of additional material from landfills,” says Greater Greenville Sanitation Executive Director Ed Marr.

Glass recycling will require no additional sorting on the part of customers as they will be asked to simply include it alongside other recyclable contents they already put out for collection.

“I think one of the best things about glass collection is that it comes at no additional cost to our customers due to the continued efficiencies we have realized as an Organization over the course of the last year,” says Tommy Gilstrap, Greater Greenville Sanitation Commission Chairman.

For questions or concerns customers are asked to call the Greater Greenville Sanitation Customer Service Department at 864-232-6721 or visit us online at www.ggsc.gov. A flyer explaining specifics of glass collection is also available online.

Greater Greenville Sanitation is a full-service solid waste and recycling provider established as a special purpose district in 1968 to serve Greenville County.



August 31, 2012 - Commercial Fee Notice

Greenville, South Carolina
August 31, 2012

A recent survey of the Greater Greenville Sanitation Service District discovered that the commercial fee for Sanitation services was not being levied on all commercial businesses in the Service District.

Therefore, beginning with the 2012 annual property tax notices, and thereafter, all commercial businesses on a property in the Greater Greenville Sanitation District will be assessed a $250 commercial flat fee, per business.

A public notice indicated such was published in the Greenville Journal on August, 31, 2012.

For questions or concerns customers are asked to call the Greater Greenville Sanitation Customer Service Department at 864-232-6721 or visit us online at www.ggsc.gov. Greater Greenville Sanitation is a full-service solid waste and recycling provider established as a special purpose district in 1968 to serve Greenville County.



August 27, 2012 - Alley Collection Abandonment

Greenville, South Carolina
August 27, 2012

Beginning in August of 2012, Greater Greenville Sanitation will no longer collect garbage, recycling, and green waste on residential alley ways, specifically those located in the mill neighborhoods encompassing the Service District. Instead customers are asked to move those contents to the front street of their homes or business.

Specific reasons for this change include:

Damage to alleys which are not meant to support the weight of these multi-ton vehicles (this increases the usable lifespan of those roads)
Damage to property (water lines, sewer lines, etc) as a result of narrow alleys and in some cases dead ends that require maneuvering vehicles on customer’s private property
Safety – limited sight visibility (pedestrian and employee safety problem), low hanging power lines, trees and brush
Blocked alleys due to parked vehicles
Damage to our vehicles caused by the obstructions listed previously
Use of larger vehicles, which limits our ability to enter the narrow alley areas

By reducing, and eliminating, these liabilities Greater Greenville Sanitation anticipates numerous service benefits such as quicker, more reliable collection, reduced fuel costs, and a safer environment for drivers, collection workers, and residents.

For questions or concerns customers are asked to call the Greater Greenville Sanitation Customer Service Department at 864-232-6721 or visit us online at www.ggsc.gov. Greater Greenville Sanitation is a full-service solid waste and recycling provider established as a special purpose district in 1968 to serve Greenville County.



July 30, 2012 - Mobile Home Fee Placement Change

Greenville, South Carolina
July 30, 2012

On June 25, 2012, the Greater Greenville Sanitation Commission voted to reinstate its previous policy of placing the annual Sanitation fee for mobile homes on the annual property tax statement of the landowner instead of the annual tax statement of the mobile home.

This change was made so as to make the billing process consistent across all Greater Greenville Sanitation customers and will be effective beginning with the 2012 annual property tax statement.

How will this work?

If you own the property (land) and the mobile home on the property (land), then the only change you will see is that the Sanitation fee will appear on the annual tax statement of the property (land) instead of the annual tax statement of the mobile home.
If you own the property (land) but not the mobile home(s) on the property (land), then you will see the Sanitation fee appear on the statement of the property (land) instead of the annual tax statement of the mobile home(s).

Who will this impact the most?

This policy will mostly impact owners of mobile home parks and landowners who own land but not the mobile home on the land.
Customers with questions are asked to call our customer service department at 864-232-6721, M-TH, 7:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Customers are asked to have the map number of the property in which they are calling as well as all pertinent property tax information regarding that property; such as the mobile home permit number, physical address, etc.

Greater Greenville Sanitation is a full-service solid waste and recycling provider established as a special purpose district in 1968 to serve Greenville County.


PUBLIC COMMENT

Members of the public wishing to address the Commission are strongly urged to review Greater Greenville Sanitation’s By-Laws, located in the Documents and Statements section on this page, for more information on protocols and procedures.

Contact person: Carmel Williams
864-400-6477

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MEETINGS & AGENDAS

Time
4:00PM on the 4th Tuesday of the month.

Location
GGSD Administration Building
1600 West Washington St.
Greenville, SC 29601