DHEC's Recycling and Green Hospitality Awards
Each year the S.C. Smart Business Recycling Program and Green Hospitality Program recognize Outstanding
Kai Jeter with Caterpillar and Stacey Washington, Smart Business Recycling Program Manager
Waste Reduction and Recycling efforts. The 2015 award winners are listed below along with a summary of their accomplishments.
Caterpillar Inc, Newberry
In fiscal year (FY) 2014 (July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014), Caterpillar Inc., a construction and mining equipment manufacturer, recycled 91 percent of its waste including batteries, light bulbs, oily rags, paint, rubber, used oil, copper, steel, wood, paper, cardboard, plastic and aluminum cans. The company earned $41,000 from the sale of recyclables and saved $38,000 in avoided disposal costs.
The facility also worked with its suppliers to return packaging including wood pallets and crates and implemented a new electronic procurement system to reduce paper usage. It also purchased used office furniture and donated reusable and recyclable items to employees and local charities. As a result of these and other waste reduction initiatives, Caterpillar saved $406,000 in project costs.
Charleston Water System
Through its comprehensive waste reduction policy, Charleston Water System diverted more than 25,000 tons of material from disposal in FY14 including cardboard, office paper, antifreeze, batteries, tires, used oil, metal, toner and textiles. The company also worked with BioEnergy Technologies to reclaim about 16,000 tons of bio-solids from its wastewater treatment plant, a program that earned the company national recognition. The recovered material produces 1.6 megawatts per day of electricity for residential use in Berkeley County. In FY14, Charleston Water System earned about $45,000 from the sale of recyclables and saved more than $250,000 in avoided disposal costs.
To achieve its waste minimization goals, Charleston Water System assigned each department a recycling coordinator and created a team that meets regularly to determine innovative ways to reduce waste and reuse waste products. The company also educates its employees on recycling and reuse through a weekly newsletter and promotes resource conservation in the community through bill inserts to its customers and attendance at local events.
Medical University of South Carolina
Christine von Kolnitz Cooley with MUSC and Stacey Washington, Smart Business Recycling Program Manager
The Medical University of South Carolina's (MUSC) comprehensive recycling and composting program collected more than 1,235 tons of material from 130 buildings in FY14 including more than 800 tons of paper and 240 tons of food and yard trimmings. Most notably, MUSC doctors, nurses, lab staff and others worked together to recycle more than five tons of radiology film and medical products. MUSC uses bar-codes on all of its recycling bins to efficiently track its recycling efforts and increased its comingled recycling rate by 32 percent.
MUSC also purchases recycled-content paper items, encourages reuse through office supply exchanges and even uses an eco-friendly font to reduce printer toner. Electronic registration and work orders along with a fax routing service also save the paper usage.
MUSC educates its employees on sustainable practices through annual events, presentations, newsletters and a Facebook page. New employees are encouraged to take the sustainability pledge and a Green Team meets monthly to improve campus recycling efforts.
Gravatt Camp and Conference Center
Thomas Coleman with Gravatt Camp and Conference Center and Anne McGovern, Green Hospitality Program Manager
Although the Gravatt Camp and Conference Center has a small full-time staff, they have made a big environmental impact by reducing their waste by 70 percent in FY14. The Conference Center earned $400 from the sale of recyclables including cardboard, metals, paper, plastic, grease and organics that staff collects from dining halls, lodging and meeting facilities.
Gravatt works closely with its food supplier to purchase locally made products with little or recycled packaging material. Staff as well as more than 4,000 annual guests, are educated on the facility's recycling and composting processes during their stay.
Sea Pines Resort, LLC
, Hilton Head Island
Sea Pines Resort, located within the 5,000-acre Sea Pines Community on Hilton Head Island, recycled more than 400 tons of
Anne McGovern, Green Hospitality Program Manager and Tony Wartko with Sea Pines Resort
aluminum, plastic, glass, metal, oysters, cardboard, paper, cooking oil and organic material in FY14. In addition to its robust recycling program, Sea Pines uses programmable thermostats and lights to reduce electricity usage and aggressively manages its HVAC and water systems to reduce consumption. The resort uses its wastewater and HVAC condensate to irrigate its golf courses and creates compost and mulch from its food scraps and landscaping debris.
The resort also hosted several sustainability events including the Charles Fraser Sustainability Conference with the University of South Carolina - Beaufort and the Sustainability in Golf Symposium. Waste reduction efforts saved the resort $84,000 in FY14 compared to previous years when no waste reduction or recycling took place.
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