Recycling is a green growth industry in South Carolina, home to about 500 recycling companies including collectors, processors, recycled product manufacturers and equipment makers. Since 2011, Commerce has recruited more than $790 million in capital investment and more than 1,500 new jobs in the recycling-related sector.

In 2012, Commerce helped facilitate the recycling industry recruitment of:

  • 770 jobs
  • $463 million in capital investment
  • 19 new or existing companies investing in South Carolina

A resource management solution, South Carolina recycling produces secondary raw materials that have become manufacturing commodities, similar to virgin materials. Manufacturers rely on a steady stream of recycled materials from commercial, industrial and institutional businesses, as well as residential recycling programs. South Carolina’s recycling companies meet this need by recycling electronics, plastic, paper, textiles, glass, rubber, carpet, construction and demolition material, petroleum and chemical products, mattresses and metals.

Read the RecyclonomicsSC magazine that promotes recycling as a smart solution for material management and sustainable economics. RecyclonomicsSC was made available through a partnership between RMDAC, RecyclonomicsSC, New Carolina, sponsors and advertisers. 

 

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