South Carolina recylcing: A $13 billion industry

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Tuesday, July 08, 2014

MGN Online

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. (WRDW) -- Recycling is an ever-growing industry in South Carolina and one local municipality says it’s growing too.

“It's something we started and didn't stop,” says North Augusta Director of Public Utilities James Sutton. “We kept moving forward with our recycling program.”

A recent study done by a professor at the College of Charleston showed that the recycling industry in South Carolina has a $13 billion impact on the state. That number has doubled from $6.5 billion in 2006.

“People are more aware of recycling and they're developing habits,” said Sutton. “In the past you didn't see a whole of people going through educational programs.”

Recently, North Augusta added a $1.2 million investment into their recycling center, adding a new building and a new sorter. The new piece of equipment speeds up the process of sorting recyclables from the regular trash.

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