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Economic Impact Study

Recycling is big business in South Carolina.

In 2014, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control along with the S.C. Department of Commerce and other partners commissioned a follow up to the 2006 economic impact study done by the College of Charleston.

"The Economic Impact of the Recycling Industry in South Carolina" shows that the industry, which is comprised of more than 520 companies, is responsible for:

  • An estimated $13 billion annual economic impact in the state;
  • A total economic impact of more than 54,000 jobs in the state – a 44 percent growth from the 2006 study – and more than 22,000 direct jobs;
  • An annual average wage of $40,203 (higher than the average annual South Carolina wage for all jobs);
  • Nearly $2.7 billion in annual labor income – an increase of 80 percent from 2006; and
  • Nearly $329 million in state and local taxes each year.

The study was completed by Dr. Frank Hefner of the College of Charleston's Department of Economics and Finance in April 2014.​