The first step for any business to begin their waste reduction journey is to reduce the amount of material going into the waste stream. Analyzing your current waste and existing programs is essential for success. The Smart Business Recycling Program can assist you - contact us today!
Schedule a Site Visit
Site visits help determine how your business can best reduce waste, save energy, conserve water and save money.
DHEC's Office of Solid Waste Reduction and Recycling offers FREE, non-regulatory and CONFIDENTIAL site visits to assess waste reduction and recycling opportunities. Site visits also provide technical assistance for program implementation or expansion, as well as resources such as potential vendor contacts for recyclable material.
- Analyze your current waste stream through a Waste Audit found in Smart Business: A Guide for Reducing Waste and Recycling at your Business. Use these helpful worksheets with your recycling guide to start or improve your program:
- Identify waste reduction and recycling opportunities.
- For more information or to schedule a visit, e-mail us or call 1-800-768-7348.
Start a Green Team
Securing management support and forming a Green Team are essential to your recycling program's success. Here are some tips to keep employees engaged and excited about the program.
Purchase Recycled-Content Goods
Environmentally Preferred Purchasing is the procurement of products and services that have a lesser or reduced effect on human health and the environment over the life cycle of the products and services when compared with competing products or services that serve the same purpose. Finding products made from recycled materials can be easy. Try to select products with the highest recycled content, if the product can be competitively sourced. Visit the State Fiscal Accountability Authority's Procurement Services for purchasing recycled-content good and other information.
Reduce Wasted Food
Businesses often have the opportunity to reduce food waste or donate to local food banks. Learn more through the Don’t Waste Food SC campaign. Use this guide for tips on how to reduce food waste in the workplace: Smart Businesses Don't Waste Food: A Quick-Reference Guide for Reducing Food Waste at Your Business.
Donate or Reuse Goods and other Material
Many charitable organizations accept materials such as furniture, office equipment, appliances, books, and clothing for donation and reuse. Another option is to set up an in-house "take it or leave it" area for surplus items that employees may find useful.
- Habitat for Humanity ReStore
- Building Materials Reuse Association
- Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles (SMART)
- Solid Waste Information Exchange