Each year the Smart Business Recycling Program and Green Hospitality Program recognize Outstanding Waste Reduction & Recycling efforts throughout the state. The State has a 40 percent recycling rate goal to reach by 2020, which we can only accomplish if businesses such as the ones recognized recycle and report their progress. The 2014 award winners are listed below along with a summary of their accomplishments.
A request for applications for the 2015 Awards will be posted in January 2015.
In 2013,Timken Company, a bearings and alloy steel manufacturer, recycled 92 percent of its waste including plastic, aluminum cans, metal, wood, paper and swarf – waste metal shavings that result from the company's manufacturing process. The plant uses recycled cardboard and has successfully incorporated reused cardboard and bubble wrap into its procurement process. As a result of its waste reduction and recycling programs, Timken earned $7,200 from the sale of recyclables and saved an additional $12,422 in avoided disposal costs in fiscal year (FY) 2013 (July 1, 2012-June 30, 2013).
The facility also reuses wooden pallets and Matched Bearing Assembly (MBA) packaging. Pallets are back shipped to suppliers, plants and the warehouse and MBA packaging is reused instead of recycled. In 2013, Timken reused 6.8 miles of pallets and enough boxes of MBA packaging to cover more than 20,000 square feet. This initiative saved the facility $140,354 in avoided costs.
Timken continually educates its employees about recycling by providing training three times a year. To encourage year-round environmental stewardship, employees are given incentives like reusable bags and water bottles. Timken associates also are active in the community, picking up litter and working with local schools. In 2013, the facility initiated "Newspapers to Pencils" in which Timken associates donated newspapers that were made into pencils for use in Anderson School District 2 classrooms. In the first year, 10,000 pencils were donated through the program.
CCL Label, a label and stamp manufacturer, has been recycling and reducing waste for many years. CCL Label reduces its packaging waste by requesting cores from its suppliers that can be reused and that products are delivered in reusable plastic shipping containers. By using returnable containers, the company saves 25,000 cartons each year.
When the company does need to purchase cardboard boxes, they are made with recycled material. Leftover cardboard is donated to Open Door Ministry in Clinton, which sells the cardboard to earn money for their local shelter and food programs. Employees also collect and donate aluminum cans to the local Hospice resale store.
In addition to reusing and donating items, CCL Label recycles a variety of material – wood, paper, pallets, plastic, aluminum, steel drums, totes, scrap metal and toner cartridges - the sale of which earned the company $20,000 in FY13. The company also saved $43,852 in waste disposal costs due to its aggressive waste reduction and recycling efforts.
The money generated from the sale of recyclables is used to fund employee activities and encourage them to be more sustainable. For example, CCL Label has purchased reusable cups and bags for its employees to promote reuse at work and home.
Joint Base Charleston has developed an impressive recycling program that includes metal, tires, used oil, batteries, light bulbs, cooking oil, paper, cardboard and plastics. To encourage recycling, each individual workstation on the base is issued a recycling bin and most building break and kitchen areas have centralized recycling centers. Articles are submitted regularly to the local newspaper to provide consistent and timely recycling information. In fiscal year 2013 alone, the Base made more than $268,000 from the sale of its recyclables and saw a reduction in disposal costs of almost $7,000.
The base's commitment to waste reduction carries over into its procurement policies in which products and services must meet green standards regardless of method or dollar value of the purchase. This green procurement policy includes not only recycled content products but extends to energy-efficient items, alternative fuels, bio-based products, non-ozone depleting substances and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency priority chemicals.
To educate the community about recycling and other environmental issues, the base holds an annual Earth Day event for local fifth-grade classes. The event includes poster, essay and school mural contests as well as demonstrations and exhibits from other environmental organizations.
The Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission (Commission) promotes recycling and waste reduction not only to its staff but to the patrons of its parks. Through convenient bin location and education, staff and patrons are encouraged to recycle a variety of material including paper, newspaper, magazines, unwanted mail, plastic, metal, cardboard and glass. The Commission's fleet recycles tires, batteries, motor oil and filters and used equipment. Through these efforts the Commission has saved almost $2,500 in disposal costs.
The Commission also collects non-traditional recyclables such as chip bags and candy wrappers through TerraCycle at its headquarters and water parks and will use the credits to purchase community garden supplies.
In addition to recycling, the Commission collects material for composting at its water parks, composting 16,300 pounds of waste in the 2013 season. It also reuses construction material and incorporates recycled lumber into its decks and patios.
The Stewardship Committee educates Commission staff on waste reduction and recycling efforts through newsletters, e-mails, announcements and employee fairs. Staff volunteer at community environmental events such as beach sweeps and green fairs to spread the word about environmental stewardship in the community. The Commission also hosts backyard composting workshops, promotes green meetings at park facilities and is a Charleston Green Business Challenge member.
The Hampton Inn and Suites, located in downtown Greenville, promotes waste reduction and recycling to its employees and guests in a variety of ways. In addition to recycling cardboard, paper, newspaper, ink cartridges and plastic, the Hampton Inn uses recycled products throughout its facility including recycled content dinnerware, toilet paper and paper towels. Due to its recycling and waste reduction efforts, the hotel was able to save $1,879 in FY13 (July 1, 2012-June 30, 2013).
The Hampton Inn also has reduced its water and energy use by implementing a linen reuse program and installing green thermostats in guestrooms and public areas to conserve energy when rooms are not in use. The hotel participates in "LightStay," a Hilton Brand program that allows the facility to track and measure its sustainability performance using metrics such as energy, water, carbon, paper product usage and waste.
All Hampton Inn employees are trained on the hotels green practices within 30 days of hire, and housekeeping staff are offered a monetary incentive to encourage them to return room keys for reuse. The Hotel also reduces waste and gives back to the community by donating newspapers and discarded linens to the Greenville Humane Society. For it's extensive green efforts, the Hampton Inn has been recognized as a TripAdvisor Green Leader.