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March 2, 2010

DHEC’s Recycle Guys present annual awards for recycling efforts

COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina’s “Recycling Professionals of the Year” have been announced during the 15th annual Recycle Guys Awards Program, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control announced today.

“Recycling works in South Carolina because of local programs,” said Kent Coleman, director of DHEC’s Office of Solid Waste Reduction and Recycling. “This annual awards program allows us to recognize the top recycling programs and projects as well as thank people who work very hard to make recycling such a success.

“Jennifer Sellers and Kendra Hooks were honored for their work to expand the Horry County Solid Waste Authority’s business recycling program while also offering a variety of educational programs aimed at increasing recycling participation,” Coleman said. “Karen Nionquit implemented recycling programs at 32 schools as well as a business collection service, thereby significantly increasing recycling opportunities in the Greater Greenville Sanitation Commission’s service area. Chris Hodgdon’s commitment to recycling has resulted in Winthrop University expanding its recycling program into all residence halls and academic buildings.”

Coleman said Tim Fox of the Tri-County Solid Waste Authority was named Solid Waste Director of the Year for his work to initiate a cardboard and paper recycling program for businesses while improving its overall efficiencies. As an example, the addition of cardboard compactors at the authority’s drop-off sites significantly reduced the number of containers being hauled per year thereby saving money.

According to Coleman, the City of Rock Hill (more than 20,000 population) and the Town of Kiawah Island (less than 20,000 population) were honored as the Outstanding Municipal Waste Reduction and Recycling Programs. Dorchester County (more than 50,000 but less than 150,000 population) and Lexington County (more than 150,000 population) were named Outstanding County Waste Reduction and Recycling programs.

“Charleston Air Force Base and Clemson University were named Outstanding Waste Reduction and Recycling Programs in the federal facility and college or university categories, respectively,” Coleman said. “The S.C. Budget and Control Board was recognized in the state agency category for its work in developing an Environmentally Preferred Purchasing Policy for the state. Lexington County was honored as the Outstanding Local Government Used Oil Recycling Program while Coastal Carolina University’s Campus Salvage Program was recognized as the Outstanding Recycling Event.

“Sarah Harkey of Crowder’s Creek Elementary School in Clover was named Recycling Teacher of the Year and Wade Hamilton of Summerville’s Alston Middle School was named Recycling Student of the Year,” Coleman said. “Batesburg-Leesville Elementary School was named Recycling School of the Year.”

Coleman said Lisa Parish was named the Volunteer of the Year while James Warren, of the City of Conway, was honored as Most Valuable Player.


NOTE TO EDITORS AND REPORTERS: A complete list of winners, including recycling drop-off center attendants who were recognized, is available at:

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Richard Chesley – (803) 896-4209
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Eric Melaro – (803) 896-4231
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Adam Myrick – (803) 898-3884
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