The Charleston County Government’s Solid Waste and Recycling Department recently won the 2008 Most Outstanding Waste Reduction/Recycling Program Award for a county with a population greater than 150,000 at the 14th Annual Recycle Guys Awards Program.

The program recognizes South Carolina’s top recycling programs, projects, and people and it’s easy to see why Charleston County won for the third time. From 2007 to 2008 the amount of recyclable materials collected increased about 10%, from 19,000 tons to a whopping 21,000 tons in 2008.

The Charleston County Government also provided curbside pick-up of recyclables to 130,000 homes, targeting 39 new neighborhoods in 2008. It operates seven drop-off sites with an additional 32 drop-off sites for cardboard collection.

This past year the county implemented a multi-family recycling program in nine apartment complexes and collected cardboard, paper, glass, and plastic from 115 schools in Charleston County as well as any commercial establishment along their routes.

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control presented the award for Charleston’s wide variety of recycling programs and its wide target audience of residents, businesses, and schools. — Candice Summers

We reported on MUSC’s sustainability program win yesterday.