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        DHEC honors



        SRNS with


        Smart Business



        recycling award




        SRNS was honored with the 2019 Smart Business
        Recycling Award from the S.C. Department of Health and
        Environmental Control for outstanding efforts in recycling
        and waste reduction.
        South Carolina aspires to reach a 40 percent recycling
        rate by 2020, which means that 40 percent of waste
        produced in the state is recycled or composted instead
        of being sent to a landfill. SRNS contributes to this
        goal through recycling, reusing and implementing
        sustainability practices in all aspects of business at SRS.
        In 2018, SRNS recycled 504 tons of municipal-type
        waste (glass, metal, paper, etc.) out of a total 872 tons;
        that’s a recycle rate of 57.8 percent, well above the
        state goal.
        “It is an honor to receive this award in recognition of
        our ongoing waste reduction achievements as well as
        our dedication to preserving and protecting the nation’s
        natural resources,” said Amy Meyer, SRNS Environmental
        Compliance Manager. “SRNS has a high-efficiency
        recycling program that is integrated into everyday work.”
        SRNS has also sought out opportunities to beneficially
        reuse their waste. Instead of dumping over 21,360
        metric tons of asphalt and concrete left over from paving
        major Site roads, SRNS pledged to use the material to
        repave secondary Site roads as well as roads in nearby
        Orangeburg County, S.C.
        Additionally, the environmentally-conscious team uses
        several waste reduction and sustainability practices.
        Wood waste is used to power the onsite biomass
        facility, most of the light-duty vehicles were replaced
        with alternative-fuel models, and energy-efficient
        electronics were purchased to reduce greenhouse
        emissions. Solar-powered technology and drones are
        also used to reduce the Site’s energy consumption.
        All of these practices have contributed to decreasing
        waste disposal costs and solidifying the Site’s
        reputation as an environmental steward.
        In addition, a partnership with the non-profit Savannah
        River Site Community Reuse Organization (SRSCRO)
        allows excess government equipment and materials to
        be sold, with the revenue divided among surrounding
        counties in South Carolina and Georgia to aid with
        infrastructure improvement.
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