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April 23, 2012

DHEC announces SC Smart Business Recycling winners

COLUMBIA, S.C. – A hotel, a hospital, an automotive parts manufacturer and a military installation have been honored by the S.C. Smart Business Recycling Program, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control announced today.

“These winners demonstrate how businesses and organizations can lead by example in protecting the environment and conserving resources while improving their bottom line,” DHEC Director Catherine Templeton said. “Their efforts also strengthen South Carolina’s economy by creating recycling businesses and jobs.”

Rodeway Inn’s Mount Pleasant location was recognized for its overall efforts to reduce its environmental impact. The hotel implemented many green practices including: a linen/towel reuse program for guests; limiting laundry to full loads; installing low-flow shower heads; and improving landscaping to minimize water loss. The hotel also has a comprehensive recycling program for staff and guests. It also buys solely from vendors that provide sustainable product options, such as recycled content paper or Green Seal-certified cleaning and laundry supplies.

Lexington Medical Center (LMC) continues to lead by example with its comprehensive environmental initiatives. Through its waste reduction and recycling program, the hospital saves an average of $15,000 to $20,000 per year in avoided disposal costs by diverting solid waste, construction and demolition debris, and medical waste. LMC also has an environmental purchasing policy to guide staff in procurement decisions. The hospital promotes these overall efforts through its intranet site.

International Automotive Components (IAC) Group, located in Greenville, was honored for its waste reduction and recycling program that has saved about $125,000 in avoided disposal costs in the past fiscal year. The company collects material such as cardboard, carpet trim, pallets, plastic wrap and banding from its production line. It also collects and recycles traditional material such as office paper, aluminum cans and plastic bottles from employees.

Fort Jackson was recognized for its comprehensive recycling program, its green procurement efforts and its construction and demolition debris initiative. The installation’s recycling program earned about $2 million in revenue from the sale of material. In the past fiscal year, it saved another $180,000 in avoided disposal costs. The installation recycled about 95 percent of the construction and demolition debris generated from two major projects. Fort Jackson’s green procurement program aggressively pursues cost-effective, environmentally preferable products.

The S.C. Smart Business Recycling Program offers free, confidential, non-regulatory services including site visits, technical assistance, market research and workshops. For more information on the program, visit its webpage at: http://www.scdhec.gov/smartbusiness.

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