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WHY LOCAL RECYCLING MATTERS IN YOUR COMMUNITY


Local programs are the backbone of recycling in South Carolina. Local decision makers – mayors, county administrators, managers, council members and other community leaders – play a crucial role in these programs. Through their understanding, support and commitment, local decision makers can determine the success of their community’s recycling programs. While the environmental benefits of recycling are well recognized, what is less known is that recycling is an economic success story.

By turning waste into valuable raw materials, recycling creates jobs throughout the process and adds significantly to the nation’s and South Carolina’s economy. A green, clean community is a great place to live, work, raise a family and do business. Recycling is good for the environment, the economy and South Carolina.

RECYCLING SAVES MONEY


By recycling more, particularly in these difficult economic conditions, how much more could your community save?

  • It is estimated that in South Carolina nearly 248,000 tons of easily recyclable material - cardboard boxes, office paper, aluminum cans, plastic bottles as well as glass bottles and jars - was sent for landfill disposal in FY11.
  • Using the state's average MSW tipping fee of $36 per ton, more than $12.5 million was spent to dispose of this material.
  • Even worse, about $47 million in potential revenue from the sale of these recyclables was lost based on the average revenue received per ton by local governments for each of these types of material.

Source: SC Department of Health and Environmental Control, Office of Solid Waste Reduction and Recycling

SMART BUSINESS RECYCLING PROGRAM


Ever Green Environmental participates in the S.C. Smart Business Recycling Program. Ever Green Environmental tracks what our customers recycle, and report it to the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control for use in their annual landfill division reporting.

Call us for more information or visit the program web page.

http://www.scdhec.gov/SmartBusiness/

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