Recycling is a green growth industry in South Carolina, home to over 500 recycling companies including collectors, processors, recycled product manufacturers and equipment makers. The economic impact of recycling, South Carolina's sustainable industry, has doubled in size over the last decade and now exceeds $13 billion, annually.
According to the SC Recycling Market Development Advisory Committee's 2015 Annual Report, Commerce helped facilitate the recycling industry recruitment of:
- 565 jobs
- 264 million in capital investment
- 13 new or existing companies investing in South Carolina
Manufacturers rely on a steady stream of recycled materials from commercial, industrial and institutional businesses, as well as residential recycling programs. South Carolina’s recycling companies meet this need by recycling electronics, plastic, paper, textiles, glass, rubber, carpet, construction and demolition material, petroleum and chemical products, mattresses and metals.
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