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For Immediate Release
June 17, 2014

DHEC announces Smart Business Recycling Program and Green Hospitality Program award winners

COLUMBIA, S.C.- Two manufacturers, a military base, a county recreation commission and a hotel have won Smart Business Recycling Program or Green Hospitality Program awards for their recycling efforts, the state's Department of Health and Environmental Control announced today.

"These 2013 winners exemplify how businesses and organizations can protect the environment and conserve resources while improving their bottom line," said DHEC Director Catherine Templeton. "The impact of these efforts helps strengthen South Carolina's economy by creating recycling businesses and jobs."

Timken Company in Honea Path recycled 92 percent of its waste in 2013 saving more than $12,000 in disposal costs and earning more than $7,000 from the sale of recyclables. By reusing packaging, the facility also saved more than $140,000. The company trains employees on recycling throughout the year and participates in green projects in the community and local schools.

CCL Label in Clinton implemented a packaging reuse program for cardboard cores and shipping containers saving 25,000 cartons per year. In addition to reuse efforts, the company saved more than $43,852 in disposal costs and earned about $20,000 from the sale of recyclables.

Joint Base Charleston was honored for its comprehensive recycling program that earned more than $268,000 from the sale of material and reduced disposal costs by almost $7,000. In addition, the base's green procurement policy requires products and services to meet high environmental standards - regardless of procurement method or purchase value. The base also reaches out to the community by hosting an annual Earth Day event for local fifth-grade classes.

The Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission actively promotes recycling and waste reduction to its staff and park patrons. In addition to traditional recyclables, the commission collects recyclables such as chip bags and candy wrappers through TerraCycle at its headquarters and water parks. The county also composted more than 16,000 pounds of waste from its water parks in 2013.

The Hampton Inn and Suites in Greenville was recognized for saving over $1,800 by recycling cardboard, paper, newspaper, ink cartridges and plastic as well as using recycled-content dinnerware and paper products. In 2013, the hotel reduced its water and energy use by implementing a linen reuse program and installing green thermostats in guestrooms and public areas. The Hampton Inn also participates in "LightStay," a Hilton Brand program that allows the facility to track and measure its sustainability performance.

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

For more information about these programs, visit www.scdhec.gov/smartbusiness orwww.scdhec.gov/HomeandEnvironment/BusinessesandCommunities-GoGreen/HospitalityIndustryGoGreen/. To read more about this year's winners, go to http://www.scdhec.gov/smartbusiness/Awards/.

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