Recycling is a green growth industry in South Carolina, home to over 500 recycling companies including collectors, processors, recycled product manufacturers and equipment makers.  A 2014 recycling industry economic impact study by Dr. Frank Hefner of the College of Charleston Deptartment of Economics shows that the recycling industry has doubled in size - to $13 billion in 2014 from $6.5 billion in 2006.

In 2013, Commerce helped facilitate the recycling industry recruitment of:

  • 765 jobs
  • 104 million in capital investment
  • 10 new or existing companies investing in South Carolina

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.

 

 

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