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January 8, 2015

Industry membership grows in state's environmental stewardship program

COLUMBIA, S.C. - The South Carolina Environmental Excellence Program (SCEEP) has renewed three members and welcomed three additional members into the program, the state's Department of Health and Environmental Control announced today.

"These member companies demonstrate a leadership commitment toward DHEC's goal of improving South Carolina's environment not only through recycling, but also through water and energy conservation," said Elizabeth Dieck, DHEC's director of environmental affairs.

The following members have renewed their membership in the program through 2017:

  • Century Aluminum of South Carolina Inc. (formerly Alcoa - Mt. Holly) - Goose Creek, S.C.
  • Santee Cooper Regional Water System - Moncks Corner, S.C.
  • Interlake Mecalux - Sumter, S.C.

The renewal members made significant efforts toward recycling and energy savings over the past three years and are very active in their community. Century Aluminum reports a 16 percent reduction in potable water use and a 26 percent reduction in waste going to a landfill over the last 3 years. Santee Cooper Regional Water System is participating in a comprehensive recycling program and performs an internal trash audit once per quarter to increase recycling. Interlake Mecalux reports a significant reduction in water usage by using counter-flowing pretreatment tanks to eliminate the overflowing of rinse tank water to the sewer drain and process changes.

The following have been accepted as new members of the program through 2017:

  • Caterpillar - Newberry , S.C.
  • Fujifilm Manufacturing USA Inc. - Greenwood, S.C.
  • Joint Base Charleston - Charleston, S.C.

These newest SCEEP members bring more ideas to sustainability and environmental protection. Caterpillar is harvesting rainwater to use for irrigation purposes at their facility. FujiFilm has begun recovering condensation from boilers and other processes generating steam to recover water losses. Joint Base Charleston has reported recycling, reusing or composting 41 percent of solid waste, which equates to 3500 tons of material in 2014, including scrap metal, aircraft tires, cardboard and paper.

The SCEEP is a voluntary program designed to recognize and reward South Carolina facilities that have demonstrated environmental performance through pollution prevention, energy and resource conservation, and the use of an environmental management system. DHEC has supported the program since its creation in 1997. Currently, the program has 47 corporate members across the state.


Jim Beasley
Public Information Director