Why SC’s Infrastructure is Great for Recycling 

Highways: One of the main drivers is to have local sourcing of recyclable materials and convenient transportation and logistics alternatives.  Hauling and recycling are an integrated set of services. To make recycling cost effective, transportation and freight costs weigh into the equation. With over 300 recycling companies in South Carolina, industry can use reverse logistics to optimize the transport recyclable materials to appropriate waste disposal sites. With South Carolina’s advanced highway and interstate system, hauling recycling loads can take less time, saving businesses money.

Seaports: The value chain for recycling is connected to the global economy, and export markets are key in the recycling industry. The South Carolina Ports Authority and the Port of Charleston makes exporting accessible to waste disposal sites across the state.

South Carolina Export Facts:

  • South Carolina is 2nd largest exporting state of iron and steel scrap to the world – top markets receiving it are China, India and Taiwan.        
  • 6th largest exporting state of plastic waste to the world - top markets receiving it are China, Hong Kong and Ecuador.
  • 12th largest exporting state of rubber waste and scrap to the world - top markets receiving it are China, Hong Kong and Canada.

Energy: Recycling is a sustainable use of resources. The steps in supplying recycled materials to industry (including collection, processing and transportation) typically use less energy than the steps in supplying virgin materials to industry (including extraction, refining, transportation and processing). Products made from recycled steel, glass, plastic or paper save anywhere from 40-70% in energy used for production.