Tina Huskey, Mumford Industries
Chantal Fryer, Recycling Market Development
SC Department of Commerce


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RecyclonomicsSC's mission is to expand and strengthen South Carolina’s recycling industry by establishing policy, building networks, promoting market development and leveraging existing infrastructure.  

The RecyclonomicsSC vision is for South Carolina to be a national leader in the recycling industry in terms of job creation, investment and providing sustainable markets for recyclable materials.

RecyclonomicsSC is an initiative that brings together recycling businesses and industry who utilize recycled materials in their manufacturing process. RecyclonomicsSC helps promote recycling markets and position recycling businesses as competitive, viable participants in developing jobs, retaining local community employers, generating additional tax revenues and increasing economic development opportunities. New Carolina, South Carolina’s Council on Competitiveness, is the steering group for the RecyclonomicsSC; and Sonoco Products, a global packaging company that uses recycled content, is the anchor company for the organization.

RecyclonomicsSC officially launched in October 2007 as the South Carolina Recycling Council (SCRC). Work that led to the formation of the Cluster started long before that, almost fifteen years prior, with the creation of the Recycling Marketed Development Advisory Council (RMDAC).  In 2003, New Carolina’s vision of creating clusters aligned well with events happening in the South Carolina recycling industry. In 2005, the South Carolina Department of Commerce and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control contracted with economists Dr. Frank Hefner and Dr. Calvin Blackwell, both of the College of Charleston, to determine the economic impact of recycling in South Carolina. The final report was issued on June 23, 2006, and was updated in 2014.  

In 2011, the organization went through a branding process to create RecyclonomicsSC.

Recycling Statistics:  $13 billion economic impact

New Carolina, together with the South Carolina Department of Commerce and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control partnered in 2014 to commission an updated economic impact study from Dr. Hefner.  The results show consistent growth of South Carolina's recycling industry from 2005 - 2013, despite the recession.  Other highlights from the report:

  • In just 8 years, the industry has doubled its annual total economic impact:  from $6.5 billion in 2005, to $13 billion in 2013
  • The number of recycling firms in South Carolina grew from 340 to 524
  • There are 22,403 jobs attributable to recycling in S.C.
  • The average annual wage in the industry is $40,203 (average wage in South Carolina for all jobs is $38,700)
  • The industry generates $2.7 billion in labor income annually
  • The industry generates $329 million in state & local taxes each year
  • 63.8% of the study's corporate respondents indicate they are planning an expansion in 2014

Reference Library

Summary:  2014 Recycling Economic Impact Study:  Summary of Dr. Hefner's 2014 economic impact study
Fact Sheet:  2014 Recycling Economic Impact Study:  Key facts from Dr. Frank Hefner's 2014 economic impact study
RecyclonomicsSC Request for Proposal:  Contract project management.  Proposals due June 30, 2014.
RecyclonomicsSC/SC Biz MagazineRecyclonomicsSC, with SC Biz magazine, has produced anincredibly informative and inspiring insertentitled"RecyclonomicsSC" about recycling companies andrecycling initiatives in SouthCarolina.  Read about how zero-waste-to-landfillhas actually become a money maker for some companies, and how the creation ofthe plastic grocery bag here in South Carolina has led one recyclingentrepreneur (and the daughter of the grocery bag inventor) to create her owneco friendly alternative.
South Carolina Recycling Council Strategic Plan 2010

South Carolina boasts a strong recycling economy brochure
New Carolina Recycling Co-Champion Chantal Fryer on SC Business Review

Success Story

New Carolina and  the South Carolina’s Recycling Council  announced in February the release of a new specialty license plate that  promotes recycling through the introduction of the “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” specialty plate.  The South Carolina Recycling Council is one of the state’s economic clusters supported by New Carolina, and worked to launch the new plates. Available for purchase through the SC Department of Motor Vehicles, proceeds from the plate support recycling efforts in South Carolina through programs run by the Carolina Recycling Association made available to the recycling industry. They also support education and outreach initiatives as well as initiatives to help grow recycling across the state.

The South Carolina Recycling Council held a design contest for the specialty plate design and Janice Antley, Mighty Mouse Productions, was the winner of the contest. The Greater Greenville Sanitation Commission provided financial support to the Carolina Recycling Association to be able to advance the funding for the plate production fee. The Carolina Recycling Association plans to develop programs and outreach to enhance recycling’s importance as a smart solution to waste management through avoided disposal fees, job creation and investment, and quality of life in the state.

“We are excited to promote the new recycling specialty plate to South Carolina citizens and encourage recycling with the message of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle on vehicles traveling in South Carolina and across the United States. Underscoring the message of recycling, each license plate is also made from recycled aluminum,”said Ronnie Grant, chair of the South Carolina Recycling Council.

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