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Apr 29 2011

The Sanctuary receives recycling award

Christine Sanford-Coker, regional director for DHEC; Scott Fister, Resort Sustainability Coordinator and Naturalist; Melissa Wheatley from the DHEC staff; and, Vijay Singh, General Manager of The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort


On Wednesday, April 13, the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) awarded The Sanctuary on Kiawah Island with the Outstanding Waste Reduction and Recycling Program award. Eight South Carolina businesses have been honored for outstanding waste reduction and recycling programs by the S.C. Smart Business Recycling Program.

“Businesses generate between 35 and 45 percent of the nation’s waste stream,” said Earl Hunter, DHEC Commissioner. “Because of this, businesses play an important role in reducing the impact of waste on the environment. By implementing simple waste reduction and recycling practices, businesses help protect our environment by conserving natural resources, reducing pollution and saving energy.”

Hunter said South Carolina’s businesses reported recycling nearly two million tons of material from July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010.

The Sanctuary, along with Drunken Jack’s of Murrells Inlet and Slightly North of Broad in downtown Charleston, were recognized for incorporating waste reduction and recycling into their daily practices – not only for staff, but also for customers and guests. All three businesses are certified through the S.C. Green Hospitality Alliance.

Other award winners included of Charleston; CDA Architects of Columbia; Palmetto Primary Physicians of Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties; SAGE Automotive Interiors of Greenville and The Timken Company of Anderson, all of which were recognized for their waste reduction and recycling programs.

The S.C. Smart Business Recycling Program is a partnership between DHEC and the S.C. Department of Commerce. The program offers free, confidential, non-regulatory services including site visits, technical assistance, market research and workshops. For more information, visit

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