Recycling in SC
The Recycling Market Development team is launching a NEW free online tool called the SC Recycling Markets Directory. The directory helps manufacturers keep valuable materials in motion by reducing waste and helping businesses meet sustainability goals. The platform showcases more than 300 South Carolina recycling companies, and it allows manufacturers to easily find recyclers in their area.
The Recycling Market Development staff at the South Carolina Department of Commerce provides business matchmaking support, administers one-on-one materials management consultation, works with existing and emerging markets for materials, and tracks the economic impact of the recycling industry.
Recycling is a green growth industry in South Carolina, home to over 300 recycling companies including collectors, processors, recycled product manufacturers and equipment makers. The economic impact of recycling now exceeds $13 billion. In addition, the recycling industry has the ability to scale up employment at a higher rate than the average South Carolina industry with an employment multiplier of 2.4 - this means for every 10 jobs in recycling, there are 14 others created in the SC economy.
In the last 5 years, Commerce helped facilitate the recycling industry recruitment of 3,432 jobs, $1,641 million in capital investment, and 50 new or existing companies investing in South Carolina.