Recycling is the recovery of useful material such as paper, glass, plastic, metal and organics from the waste stream and turning that material into new products. By choosing to recycle, South Carolinians are doing their part to help protect the environment and support the state's economy.
There are additional but often overlooked benefits of recycling. Environmental equivalencies - which can be measured using the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Waste Reduction Model - offer a different perspective.
South Carolinians recycled nearly 1.3 million tons of material in fiscal year 2017 (July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017) resulting in an environmental equivalent of:
Each of the state's 46 counties has a residential recycling program. Overall, there are more than 80 curbside programs, nearly 600 drop-off centers, local recycling events throughout the state and more than 900 collection sites for do-it-yourself (DIY) oil changers. To find out what you can recycle and where you can recycle it, visit www.scdhec.gov/recyclehereSC.