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March 28, 2011

S.C. Smart Business Recycling Program honors 8 businesses

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Eight South Carolina businesses have been honored for outstanding waste reduction and recycling programs by the S.C. Smart Business Recycling Program, the state Department of Health and Environmental Control announced today.

"Businesses generate between 35 and 45 percent of the nation's waste stream," said Earl Hunter, DHEC Commissioner. "Because of this, businesses play an important role in reducing the impact of waste on the environment. By implementing simple waste reduction and recycling practices, businesses help protect our environment by conserving natural resources, reducing pollution and saving energy."

Hunter said South Carolina's businesses reported recycling nearly 2 million tons of material from July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010.

This year's honorees include a hotel, a doctor's office, two restaurants, two industries, a distributor and an architectural firm.

AbundaTrade.com of Charleston, CDA Architects of Columbia, Palmetto Primary Physicians of Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties, SAGE Automotive Interiors of Greenville and The Timken Company of Anderson were recognized for their waste reduction and recycling programs. Their efforts reflected significant amounts of material being diverted from disposal through reuse of packaging, avoidance of disposables in employee kitchen/breakrooms and recycling as many materials as possible.

Drunken Jack's in Murrells Inlet, Slightly North of Broad in Charleston and The Sanctuary on Kiawah Island also received awards. These restaurants and hotel also are certified through the S.C. Green Hospitality Alliance. They were recognized for incorporating waste reduction and recycling into their daily practices – not only for staff, but also for customers and guests.

The S.C. Smart Business Recycling Program is a partnership between DHEC and the S.C. Department of Commerce. The program offers free, confidential, non-regulatory services including site visits, technical assistance, market research and workshops. For more information, visit http://www.scdhec.gov/smartbusiness.

The S.C. Green Hospitality Alliance is a partnership between DHEC and the S.C. Hospitality Association. The alliance is designed to help hotels, motels restaurants and other hospitality facilities go green and offers a free certification for qualifying facilities. For more information, visit http://www.scdhec.gov/greenhospitality.

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NOTE TO REPORTERS AND EDITORS: Additional information on all of the award winners is available at: http://www.scdhec.gov/smartbusiness.

For more information:
Elizabeth Rosinski – (803) 896-4238
Email – rosinsev@dhec.sc.gov

For media inquiries:
Adam Myrick – (803) 898-3884
Email – myrickar@dhec.sc.gov
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