Site History

The Pinewood Site (the Site) is located at Camp Mac Boykin Road (SC County Road 51), and is approximately 534 acres in a rural area of Sumter County, South Carolina between the towns of Summerton and Pinewood.


The Pinewood Site operated as a clay stone mine from 1972- 1978.


In 1978 landfill operations began at the Site. During its active life, the landfill was comprised of three separate sections, and received hazardous and non-hazardous waste from thousands of generators around the state and the country. The original cells of Section I were constructed before the enactment of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (“RCRA”) and had no liner system other than natural clay stone. When RCRA was enacted, the original Section I cells A and B were excavated and a compacted clay and single synthetic liner was installed for Section I and the first two cells of Section II. Changes to RCRA resulted in the use of a synthetic double liner for the rest of Section II and Section III.


Section II cell C began receiving waste in 1985, and hazardous waste landfill operations continued.


The Site’s last operator, Safety Kleen, stopped receiving waste and filed bankruptcy.


Safety Kleen/SCDHEC settlement agreement established the Pinewood Site Custodial Trust. Kestrel Horizons, LLC was appointed Trustee.


Kestrel Horizons, LLC resigns as Trustee October 31, 2014, and Pinewood Interim Administrator, Inc was appointed Interim Administrator by SCDHEC November 1, 2014.


Pinewood Interim Administrator, Inc. was appointed as successor trustee and changed its name to Pinewood Trustee, Inc. 


The Site continues to be held in trust for the people of South Carolina through SCDHEC. By permit, the Site must be operated and maintained under post closure care requirements until 2103.