Recycling in SC

The Recycling Market Development team launched 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. 

Check out our tutorial 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 2021, despite a global pandemic, SC’s recycling industry continued to grow with 6 new or existing companies, $522 million in capital investments, and new 536 jobs, according to the S.C. Department of Commerce’s Recycling Market Development Advisory Council.


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