FAQ

Environmental Services:

WHEN IS GARBAGE PICK UP DAY?

St. Andrews Public Service District (SAPSD) picks up garbage four days a week (Monday-Thursday). Please visit the Garbage & Trash Pick up Schedule to find your pick up day.


WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GARBAGE AND TRASH?


CAN I PUT MY LEAVES/GRASS CLIPPINGS IN A CLEAR OR BLACK PLASTIC BAG?

Leaves and grass clippings cannot be put in plastic bags of any kind. Yard debris must be in paper bags or residents may choose to use personal containers (MAXIMUM FOUR) up to 30 gallons (or 50 lbs.) instead of paper bags. For more information please visit the Garbage & Trash Regulations.


WHERE DO I GET A RECYCLING CONTAINER?

SAPSD does not handle recycling. To request a recycling container, please visit Charleston County’s website, or call Charleston County Recycling at 843-720-7111.


WHAT IS THE HOLIDAY SCHEDULE FOR GARBAGE PICK UP?

SAPSD observes nine holidays throughout the year. Please visit the Holiday Garbage & Trash Pick up Schedule for a detailed list.


HOW CAN I GET A JOB APPLICATION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES?

Click here to find out our Employment availability.



Fire Department:

IF I AM A SAPSD RESIDENT, WHAT CAN I LEGALLY BURN?

 



Vegetative debris, including limbs, leaves, and grass clippings can be burned. If it grows on the resident’s property, they can burn it.


WHAT ITEMS CANNOT BE LEGALLY BURNED?

Residents cannot burn household garbage, plastics, shingles, tires, lumber, rubber, or anything other than plant growth that originates on the site.


WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO BEFORE I CONDUCT AN OUTDOOR BURN?

State law requires residents to notify the Forestry Commission (see below) and follow certain precautions. To implement the proper precautions, residents must clear a firebreak around the burn site and have the right equipment (water hose, tractor, shovel, hand tools, etc.) available to keep the fire under control. Residents must also stay with the fire until it is completely safe.

All burning MUST comply with regulations established by the SC Department of Health & Environmental Control (DHEC). To find out more about DHEC regulations and outdoor burning, click here.


WHAT TIME OF DAY CAN I BURN?

The law does not restrict the time of day when residents can burn. However, burning during the late afternoon or at night, temperature inversions can cause smoke to linger close to the ground, where it may impact neighbors or nearby roads. In general, it is best to burn between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. This is the best time of day for smoke dissipation and will reduce the risk of negatively impacting neighbors.


HOW DO I NOTIFY THE FORESTRY COMMISSION?

The toll-free number below allows a quick and easy way to make a yard debris burning notification. Just dial the number, listen to the message, and leave your name, address, and phone number. The notification law does not apply within town or corporate limits.

Number for Charleston County: 1-800-986-3593.


HOW CAN I GET A JOB APPLICATION FOR THE FIRE DEPARTMENT?

Click here to find out our Employment availability.


HOW DO I DISPOSE OF OLD FIRE EXTINGUISHERS AND OLD PROPANE TANKS?

Old fire extinguishers and propane tanks need to be taken directly to the Charleston County Landfill at 1344 Bees Ferry Rd. For more information, please visit their website.


DOES ST. ANDREWS FIRE DEPARTMENT (SAFD) INSTALL INFANT CAR SEATS?

St. Andrews Fire Department (SAFD) has members that are certified by the National Child Passenger Safety Certification Training Program to educate parents and caregivers on the proper methods to safely transport children utilizing child safety seats.  Click here for a complete listing of certified locations.


does safd provide smoke alarms for residents?

Yes, we do provide smoke alarms- however, we only provide them to residents who are not able to provide them or install them on their own. Please call SAFD at 843-556-8951 to set up an appointment for a home safety survey and smoke alarm installation.


HOW CAN I OBTAIN A COPY OF AN INCIDENT REPORT?

Incident reports vary upon the situation. Please call the SAFD at 843-556-8951. They will assist you in obtaining the correct incident report.


IF I CALL THE FIRE DEPARTMENT DIRECTLY, WILL THEY BE ABLE TO HELP ME IN AN EMERGENCY?

In case of an emergency, dial 911 immediately and help will be provided in a timely manner.


Street Lighting:

IF A STREET LIGHT GOES OUT IN FRONT OF MY HOUSE AND I RESIDE IN SAPSD, WHAT DO I DO?

 



Residents of SAPSD who have a streetlight go out in front of their house should call the SAPSD Administration Office at 843-556-6310. Before you call, make sure you have the street light number, and the administrative staff will assist you in getting the street light replaced. Click here to see how to obtain the information you need.