Smart Business Recycling Program

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Smart Business Recycling Program

Businesses – large or small – purchase goods and services, use energy and water, and generate and dispose of waste. In fact, more than half of the waste generated in South Carolina comes from businesses.

Operating in an environmentally responsible fashion, businesses can lead by example with everyday practices that help protect and preserve the state’s environment and natural resources.

The Smart Business Recycling Program is a free, confidential initiative designed to:

•    Help South Carolina businesses reduce their environmental impact;
•    Provide technical assistance to businesses to begin or expand green practices such as waste reduction, recycling, buying recycled, energy and water conservation; and
•    Recognize businesses for their recycling and sustainability efforts with an annual awards program.

The program – which was created by the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control’s (DHEC) Office of Solid Waste Reduction and Recycling – offers these services through phone/email consultations, site visits, workshops and other tools. 

Questions? Email us or call 1-800-768-7348.

S.C. Recycling Markets Directory

The "S.C. Recycling Markets Directory: Connecting Materials to Markets" is designed to help businesses, local governments and others reduce waste, conserve resources and ultimately provide raw material to manufacturers to make recycled-content products. 

The directory offers a listing of more than 300 recycling companies, organizations and others that make available a variety of services and markets as well as a robust selection of recyclable commodities.     

The directory is provided in partnership by DHEC’s Office of Solid Waste Reduction and Recycling and the S.C. Department of Commerce.

Don’t Waste Food SC

Businesses often have the opportunity to reduce food waste. Learn more through the Don’t Waste Food SC campaign.

WasteWise Hall of Fame

WasteWise is one of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) longest running partnership programs helping thousands of businesses, educational institutions, governments and nonprofits better manage their municipal and industrial solid waste – saving money and resources.

All organizations can join WasteWise – which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2019 – as a partner, endorser or both. Partners demonstrate how they reduce waste, practice environmental stewardship and incorporate sustainable materials management in their waste handling practices. Endorsers encourage enrollment into WasteWise as part of a comprehensive approach to promote the environmental and economic benefits of reducing waste. All partners are eligible for national recognition in the EPA’s annual WasteWise awards program.  

WasteWise Hall of Fame
DHEC’s Smart Business Recycling Program joined WasteWise in 2000 as both a partner and endorser and is a member of the WasteWise Hall of Fame.

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