According to the 2018 South Carolina Health Assessment, South Carolinians generate approximately 4.2 million tons of household trash and garbage annually. The South Carolina Solid Waste Policy and Management Act outlines the regulatory framework for insuring proper location, design, construction, operation and closure of solid waste facilities and requires maintenance of a state solid waste management plan. The act also sets waste reduction and recycling goals for the state.
Why should we recycle?
Recycling is not mandatory, so why should we care? According to www.recyclemoresc.org,
- Recycling helps protect the environment. It conserves resources, prevents pollution by reducing the need to collect raw materials to make new products and lessens the need to build landfills.
- Recycling helps our state’s economy. South Carolina has about 500 recycling businesses that provide more than 22,000 jobs.
- Recycling saves energy. Manufacturing products from recycled materials use far less energy than creating the same product from raw material.