Recycling in SC

Recycling is a green growth industry in South Carolina.

SC is home to over 300 recycling companies including collectors, processors, recycled product manufacturers and equipment makers. 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.

In 2022, the SC’s recycling industry continued to grow with 10 new or existing companies, $4.2 billion in capital investments, and 1,852 new jobs, according to the S.C. Department of Commerce’s Recycling Market Development Advisory Council.


SC Material
Exchange

The SC Material Exchange is a free online matchmaking tool that connects buyers and suppliers of hard-to-recycle materials.

Recycling is a green growth industry in South Carolina

SC is home to over 300 recycling companies including collectors, processors, recycled product manufacturers and equipment makers. 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.

In 2022, the SC’s recycling industry continued to grow with 10 new or existing companies, $4.2 billion in capital investments, and 1,852 new jobs, according to the S.C. Department of Commerce’s Recycling Market Development Advisory Council.

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 $13.6 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 2022, the SC’s recycling industry continued to grow with 10 new or existing companies, $4.2 billion in capital investments, and 1,852 new jobs, according to the S.C. Department of Commerce’s Recycling Market Development Advisory Council.

 

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Recycling Industry Snapshot

 

$13.6B

ANNUAL
ECONOMIC IMPACT

$4.2B

2022 RECYCLING
CAPITAL INVESTMENT

42,737

TOTAL
EMPLOYMENT IMPACT

1,852

2022 NEW
JOBS ANNOUNCED