For Students


Why recycle?

It reduces the need to build landfills and incinerators.It reduces pollution caused by the extraction and processing of raw materials as well as the manufacturing of products using raw materials.

Recycling also has many economic benefits.

It turns items that otherwise would become waste into valuable resources. Recyclables have value. The recyclables you place in the bin or take to the drop-off center end up on the market as commodities that are bought and sold.

      Recycling is big business in South Carolina.

      "The Economic Impact of the Recycling Industry in South Carolina, commissioned by DHEC, the S.C. Department of Commerce and others, shows that the recycling industry has a $13 billion impact on the state's economy. It is directly responsible for more than 22,000 jobs, $2.7 billion in annual labor income and $329 million in state and local taxes each year. (Source: "The Economic Impact of the Recycling Industry in South Carolina" April 2014)

Recycling, in fact, is one of the nation's best environmental success stories. Americans recycled about 86 million tons of municipal solid waste (MSW) in 2012 according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

South Carolinians recycled about 1.1 million tons of MSW in fiscal year (FY) 2016 (July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016) and more than 6.9 million tons since FY12.


Student Resources

School of Recycling Card Science Fair Project Guidebook
Recycling Activity and Coloring Books School Recycling Guide
School Composting Guide Environmental Club Guide
Meet the Recycle Guys! PalmettoPride Kid's Page
Action in the Classroom Videos Where to Recycle in South Carolina
School Supplies - Shop Green! Recycle Here App
S.C. Recycling Data and Reports


Recycling & Other Environmental Education Videos
How much trash do we make and where does it all go?   Why is recycling important and how does it work?   A teen experiences the pitfalls of not recycling used motor oil in DHEC1: Behind the Oil Change.
Earth Today covers environmental issues including recycling, energy and water conservation, and improving air quality.   Contestants test their environmental knowledge on EcoJeopardy.   High school students learn about landfills, waste reduction, composting and more in this 20-minute "Trashumentary."
Visit a composting facility in this segment from Trashumentary.   A teen tours a local landfill in this segment from Trashumentary.   This Trashumentary segment shows how a materials recovery facility works.
Two teens visit a local incinerator in this clip from Trashumentary.   Coastal Carolina University's Eco-Reps provide green tips to students on campus.   This Silver Screen Report features a segment on Dutch Fork High School's Environmental Club.
Recycle Guys Public Service Announcements (PSAs)
The Recycle Guys show what can be made from recycled material.   Backpack Guy shows you some school supplies made from recycled material.   The Recycle Guys remind everyone to recycle when you're on the go.
The Recycle Guys remind you to reduce, reuse and recycle during the holidays.   The Recycle Guys remind you to always recycle in this PSA.   The Recycle Guys give some recycling tips on a trip to the grocery store.
Motor Oil Guy teaches a class about recycling used motor oil.   Motor Oil Guy and crew take a trip down the river in this PSA.   Motor Oil Guy and friends take their used motor oil to a recycling center.






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