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June 11, 2013

DHEC announces S.C. Smart Business Recycling Program winners

COLUMBIA, S.C. A hospital, a distribution center, an electric power utility, a plastic film manufacturer and a restaurant are being honored by the S.C. Smart Business Recycling Program, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) announced today.

"These 2012 winners exemplify how businesses and organizations can lead by example in protecting the environment and conserving resources while also improving their bottom line," said Elizabeth Dieck, DHEC s director of environmental affairs. "The impact of these efforts helps strengthen South Carolina s economy by creating recycling businesses and jobs."

Fruit of the Loom's Palmetto Distribution Center in Summerville became a "zero-waste" facility in 2012. As part of that effort, the facility recycled nearly 1.7 million pounds of material and earned more than $60,000 from the sale of the material. During the past year, the company also reused 104 tons of cardboard.

Santee Cooper in Moncks Corner was recognized for its comprehensive recycling efforts, including the recycling of more than 1 million tons of material. Additionally, the utility generated $3.4 million in revenue in 2012 from recycling items such as scrap metal, computers, unwanted transformers, used motor oil, paper and cardboard.

Mitsubishi Polyester Film, Inc. in Greer was honored for its Reprocess program as well as its recycling policies and efforts. The facility recycles or repurposes items such as plastic, pallets, cardboard, aluminum cans, used motor oil, electronics and fluorescent lamps.

AnMed Health in Anderson was recognized for its recycling program that generated savings of more than $56,000 in 2011 and 2012 by avoiding disposal costs and selling used equipment, cardboard, operating room surgical kit packaging, plastic and scrap metal. AnMed Health also recycled other material including paper, plastic bottles, steel cans, glass bottles, electronics, hard drives, batteries, light bulbs, cooking oil and pens.

Old Village Post House, a bed and breakfast in Mt. Pleasant, was recognized for reusing special sheets as note pads, printing new menus on the back of old ones and returning cardboard to all suppliers. The inn and its restaurant also utilize policies to conserve water and energy while minimizing waste and harmful effects on the environment.

The S.C. Smart Business Recycling Program offers free, confidential, non-regulatory services including site visits, technical assistance, market research and workshops.

For more information on the accomplishments of each winner, visit or call (800) 768-7348.


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