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S.C. Smart Business Recycling Program

2014 Smart Business and Green Hospitality Award Winners are...

  • CCL Label - Clinton
  • Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission - Charleston
  • Hampton Inn & Suites Greenville Downtown
  • Joint Base Charleston
  • Timken Company - Honea Path

Congratulations to these businesses! Recycling has a positive impact on South Carolina's economy by creating jobs and revenue as well as saving businesses money through avoided disposal costs. Recycling also saves energy, reduces pollution and conserves natural resources.

We would like to commend these businesses for their recycling and waste reduction achievements and for playing an important role in making recycling successful in South Carolina.

2013 Smart Business Award Winners are ...

... Fruit of the Loom, Santee Cooper, Mitsubishi Polyester Film, Inc., AnMed Health and Old Village Post House. Outstanding Waste Reduction & Recycling Program Award presentations were made in April and May 2013 at the various facilities. For more information about the winners, please contact Stacey Washington at 1-800-768-7348.

Fruit of the Loom, Summerville, SC

Fruit of the Loom’s Palmetto Distribution Center has emerged as a recycling leader in South Carolina. Having reached the status of 100 percentlandfill free in 2012, the facility recycled nearly 1.7 million pounds of material. Additionally, the facility has been able to generate more than $60,000 from the sale of recyclables. Fruit of the Loom is not only recycling, it also is sending cardboard to its manufacturing facilities and retail establishments for reuse. During the past year, it reused 104 tons of cardboard. 

In order to maintain its recycling program, Fruit of the Loom has established a “Recycling Orientation” program that is required for all employees. It also has monthly recycling reminders on televisions in its canteen and weekly housekeeping inspections for each department. Fruit of the Loom also encourages its employees to recycle at home in addition to at work.

Fruit of the Loom Award Winners
Stacey Washington (left), coordinator of the S.C. Smart Business Recycling Program, presents members of Fruit of the Loom's recycling team with a 2013 Smart Business Recycling Award.

Santee Cooper, Moncks Corner, SC

Santee Cooper has a strong waste reduction and recycling program and is proof that even established recycling programs can continue to improve. During the past year, Santee Cooper recycled more than 1 million tons of material. Additionally, it was able to generate $3.4 million in revenue in 2012 from recycling scrap metal, computers, miscellaneous heavy equipment, used electric poles, unwanted transformers, used motor oil as well as traditional recyclables such as paper and cardboard. 

Santee Cooper also has been creative in educating its employees about its recycling program. During 2012, Santee Cooper implemented a recycling program where many recyclables are collected together – also known as single-stream collection. To get the message out, the organization included articles in the employee newsletter, developed posters and labels, added information to its Intranet site and produced an educational video called “Toss it Baby.” This switch increased the amount of recyclables collected and dramatically reduced the volume of trash collected -- resulting in two trash dumpsters being eliminated. Additionally, the housekeeping staff was able to reduce the frequency with which trash cans were emptied from every night to three times per week. As a result, Santee Cooper was able to save more than $153,000 in avoided disposal costs.

Santee Cooper Award Winners
Washington presents Aurelia Smith and other respresentatives from Santee Cooper with their Smart Business Recycling Award.

Mitsubishi Polyester Film, Inc., Greer, SC

Mitsubishi Polyester Film, Inc. is helping to close the recycling loop with its Reprocess™ program. Through the Reprocess™ program, post-industrial polyethylene terephthalate (PET) liners are collected from downstream customers and returned to the site to be converted into resin for use in the PET film manufacturing process.  In addition to the reuse of PET, Mitsubishi Polyester Film also recycles items such as pallets, cardboard, aluminum cans, used motor oil, electronics and fluorescent lamps to help it achieve its goal to decrease the amount of material landfilled and increase the volume of material recycled. The facility is also making an effort to eliminate landfill disposal of regulated chemical substances.

Mitsubishi Polyester Film is purchasing recycled-content materials such as fiber cores containing 100 percent post-consumer materials for use in packaging their PET film. A packaging return program through which pallets and flanges have been collected for reuse in packaging finished goods also has been instituted. The use of recycled-content products is not limited to the manufacturing process. The company's procurement policies state that the purchase of recycled-content materials is preferred. In 2012, the facility focused on the purchase of recycled-content office products.

Mitsubitshi Polyester Film Award Winners
Washington presents Greg Mitchell (second from right) and his team with Smart Business Recycling Award for Mitsubitshi Polyester Film's outstanding recycling program..

AnMed Health, Anderson, SC

AnMed Health has a robust recycling program that generated savings of more than $56,000 to the system via avoided disposal costs, the sale of used equipment, cardboard, operating room surgical kit packaging, plastic and scrap metal. In addition, AnMed Health recycled items such as paper, plastic bottles, steel cans, glass bottles, electronics, hard drives, batteries, light bulbs, cooking oil and pens.

In order for a waste reduction and recycling program to work well, employees need to be educated about the program. AnMed Health’s educational efforts include placing helpful hints about recycling on its online employee portal and on TV monitors located in waiting rooms, lobbies and other common areas. The facility also reaches out to the community by hosting a free shredding and computer/hard drive recycling day for Anderson County.

AnMed Health Award Winners
Brian Little (middle, right) with AnMed Health accepts a 2013 Smart Business Recycling Award with his team.

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.

Old Villiage Post House Winners
Amanda St. John (right), coordinator of the Green Hospitality Program, presents Katie Hajjar and staff from the Old Village Post House with a Green Hospitality Award.

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The S.C. Smart Business Recycling Program is a partnership of DHEC and the S.C. Department of Commerce.

This Web page was last updated on April 7, 2014