Recycling in SC

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 500 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 2477 jobs, $1,129 million in capital investment, and 42 new or existing companies investing in South Carolina.