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Solid Waste:
Recycling Bill - ABC Permits

Our Position: support
Bill Number: S 461
Sponsor: Senator Cleary
Legislative Session: 11/12

 

  • S. 461 establishments that have a permit for on-site consumption of alcohol will have 2 years to implement a recycling program for plastic, corrugated cardboard, aluminum and glass
  • Establishment recycling plans will be guided by DHEC’s  recycling plans
  • Establishments without access to glass recyclers will have 3 years to implement glass recycling.

 

 

 

Status

http://www.scstatehouse.gov/cgi-bin/query.exe?first=DOC&querytext=461&category=Legislation&session=119&conid=6186900&result_pos=0&keyval=1190461

Action Needed

This bill has passed the Senate and is in House Agriculture Committee Contact members of the House and ask for passage this session.

Background

Senate Bill # 461 – The Alcoholic Beverage Container Recycling Bill

Let’s Not Waste the Opportunity

 

A  Opportunity

 

  • Recycling in South Carolina is decreasing; today we recycle only 22% of our solid waste, far below the state goal of 35%
  • In 2009 an estimated 400,000 tons of recyclable material went into South Carolina’s landfills
  • Recoverable material going to landfills costs taxpayers $31 million in disposal costs and decreases revenue opportunities for the state, counties and municipalities
  • Recycling materials like glass, plastic, metals and corrugated cardboard equals a $52 million dollar opportunity for this state, annually
  • The state has 7 material recycling facilities and over 300 collectors, brokers, processors and manufacturers across the state equaling approximately 15,600 jobs
  • In 2009 the recycling industry created 1354 new jobs
  • Clemson University’s Jim Self Center on the Future projects recycling industry growth at 12% annually producing 37,000 direct and indirect jobs in five years

 

A Solution

 

  • Senate Bill 461 – the Alcoholic Beverage Container Recycling bill – provides a sustainable stream of recyclable material for industry growth
  • Meets growing public demand for recycling
  • Provides new revenue stream for the state, counties and municipalities
  • Decreases land fill hauling, disposal and storage costs – the only unmetered utility
  • Promotes new business
  • Increases job creation

 

The Legislation

 

  • S. 461 establishments that have a permit for on-site consumption of alcohol will have 2 years to implement a recycling program for plastic, corrugated cardboard, aluminum and glass
  • Establishment recycling plans will be guided by DHEC’s  recycling plans
  • Establishments without access to glass recyclers will have 3 years to implement glass recycling.

 

Let’s Not Waste the Opportunity

 

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Sources:

Clemson University Jim Self Center for the Future;  Recycling Cluster Strategic Plan – 2010

Southeastern Recycling Development Council; 2010 Study to map demand of recycled feedstock in the Southeast US

South Carolina Solid Waste Management Annual Report for Fiscal 2009

     
     

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