Recycling in SC

If you missed the interactive webinar highlighting helpful resources for business and recycling markets during COVID-19 click on the icon to the right to watch the full webinar.  Recycling businesses, if you have any urgent questions that need to be answered ASAP, please send those to ESF24@emd.sc.gov or learn about additional resources at the SC Commerce COVID-19 Business Resource Center.  Recycling resources on COVID-19 can also be found here.

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.