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Hotels, motels, restaurants and other hospitality facilities have an opportunity to receive recognition for their outstanding efforts.

DHEC's Green Hospitality Program will recognize an outstanding facility annually through the S.C. Smart Business Recycling Program, which recognizes businesses, non-profits, institutions and other organizations in South Carolina that recycle and then report their recycling activities.

If you'd like your hotel, motel, restaurant or other hospitality facility to be considered for recognition, complete the application (provided here). The application must include waste reduction and recycling activities and efforts that took place in Fiscal Year 2013 (July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013).

When completed, e-mail the file to Please call 1-800-768-7348 if you have any questions. The deadline to submit an application is February 21, 2014. Winners will be announced in April.


S.C. Green Hospitality Alliance   

The S.C. Green Hospitality Alliance also recognizes a hospitality facility with the Good Earthkeeping Award for that facility's outstanding green practices as part of the S.C. Restaurant and Lodging Association's annual awards program.
This year's winner was The Willcox Inn - Aiken.


2013 'Outstanding Waste Reduction & Recycling Program' Award Winner

RESTAURANT: Old Village Post House
, Mt. Pleasant, SC

Old Village Post House is making great strides to reduce its environmental impact. Among other actions, the Old Village Post House uses bones and meat scraps to make stocks, reuses special sheets as note pads, uses the back side of menus to print new menus and returns cardboard to all suppliers.

The Old Village Post House also has Environmental and Sustainable Procedure policies. The Environmental Policy states that the restaurant will “strive to conserve water, energy and minimize waste.” Practices instituted to accomplish these goals include recycling (e.g., glass, aluminum, paper, plastic); purchasing refilled toner cartridges, recycled-content to-go containers, copy paper, paper towels and stationery as well as having a designated area to store used cooking oil. The Sustainable Procedure Policy’s purpose is to “support purchasing of products that minimize their harmful effects on the environment.” In order to uphold this policy, the facility strives to purchase food without hormones, chemicals or harmful fertilizers as well as free-range and sustainably raised meat products.


2012 'Outstanding Waste Reduction & Recycling Program' Award Winner

HOTEL: Rodeway Inn, Charleston County, SC

Rodeway Inn, located in Mt. Pleasant,  decreased its environmental impact by implementing several waste reduction practices. Those practices include: instituting a linen/towel reuse program for guests; limiting laundry cycles to full loads; installing low-flow shower heads and renovating landscaping to minimize water loss. The hotel also trades half-used toilet paper rolls in its guest rooms for use in the employee break rooms. Rodeway Inn provides its guests and employees multiple opportunities to recycle various items such as plastic bottles (including shampoo), paper and aluminum cans as well as printer cartridges, light bulbs, other office supplies and even leftover bars of soap (through the Global Soap Project – an organization that recovers used soap from hotels and reprocesses it for  distribution to hygiene-deprived populations). Whenever possible, the Rodeway Inn attempts to purchase solely from vendors who provide sustainable product options or products that are Green Seal-certified, such as cleaning and laundry chemicals or recycled-content copy paper or plastics.  Training on the hotel’s green initiatives is ongoing and extends beyond new hires to include ideas employees generate at monthly meetings. Last year, the hotel reported saving several hundred dollars on disposal costs by switching to a waste removal service that diverts material destined for the landfill to the recycling bin. Finally, they have been recognized by Choice Hotels (the parent company of Rodeway Inn) for supporting green practices through their “Room to be Green” initiative.

Click here for the Smart Business Recycling Program News Release. For more information, e-mail the program or call 1-800-768-7348.


2011 'Outstanding Waste Reduction & Recycling Program' Award Winners

RESTAURANT: Slightly North of Broad, Charleston County, SC

Slightly North of Broad, also known as SNOB, has incorporated recycling into its staff’s daily routine, sharing with employees the volume of material that is being recycled. Currently, SNOB recycles aluminum, steel cans, glass, paper, cardboard, plastic and batteries. Several steps have been taken to reduce waste from the kitchen to the table as well as conserving energy through saver settings on electronic equipment. Whenever possible, the restaurant buys environmentally friendly products including compostable to-go containers as well as recycled-content notepads, copy paper and paper towels.

HOTEL: The Sanctuary, Charleston County, SC

The Sanctuary has made several significant efforts incorporating waste reduction and recycling practices into its operations. In fact, the hotel has one staff person dedicated solely to such efforts. Employees are awarded for excellence in Core Values, which includes Stewardship. Conservation is strongly encouraged in meetings, resort publications and training. The types of material recycled include: glass, metal and plastic containers; all types of paper; cardboard; packaging filler; 5-gallon buckets; fluorescent tubes; batteries; scrap metal; carpet; and foam padding. The opportunities to recycle on the property extend from guest rooms to banquet facilities, offices and kitchens. Many items purchased by The Sanctuary are made from recycled materials including key cards (from PVC), toilet tissue and some garments. Due to its extensive recycling and waste reduction efforts, there has been, on average, a 35 percent reduction in waste generated per guest (compared to 2007 numbers). In addition, the Sanctuary is composting 750 pounds of organic material every week. Finally, the cost of garbage disposal also has decreased with so much material being diverted.

RESTAURANT: Drunken Jack’s, Horry County, SC

Drunken Jack’s has seen a significant decrease in its waste disposal costs due to its increased recycling efforts. The restaurant has recycled nearly 120 tons of material – including 80 tons of cardboard. As a result, it reduced the number of 8-cubic-yard dumpsters, from three to two. The materials that the restaurant recycles include cardboard, plastic, aluminum, glass, cooking oil and oyster shells. In addition, Drunken Jack’s also has several waste reduction practices in place including copiers that default to double-sided printing, servers that take orders on scrap paper, the reuse of towels, implementing a dilution system for its cleaning chemicals and asking employees to bring a cup from home or use glass at the restaurant for its beverages. Finally, it participates in Palmetto Pride’s coaster program that promotes anti-littering messages on recycled-content coasters.

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For more information, call DHEC's Green Hospitality Program at 1-800-768-7348 or e-mail the program.

This Web page was last updated on January 8, 2013.