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SC Dept. of Commerce Announces Recycling Development Grants; Pickens' Company on List

The South Carolina Recycling Market Development Advisory Council, housed within the South Carolina Department of Commerce, announced recipients of Recycling Business Development Grants to expand use of recovered materials. The grants were made possible through a Jobs Through Recycling (JTR) grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency for the SC Recycling Market Development Advisory Council.

The following three companies will use the grant award to leverage $63,000 in total project costs associated with expanding the usage of recovered materials, including industrial byproducts in an effort to reduce waste sent to landfills. The total amount awarded was $28,000, and each company is required to provide matching funds as part of the grant agreement.

  • Western Micronics CDN International, located in Pickens County, will test remanufacturing processes for Cathode Ray Tubes (CRTs). CRTs are part of the fast growing electronics waste stream that poses serious threat to public health and the environment due to its heavy lead content.

  • CAST Minerals of Georgetown, SC will test the use of lightweight concrete containing recycled fly ash for structural applications in multi-storied buildings and bridge decking. CAST currently operates a mineral processing facility at the Santee Cooper Winyah Generating Station recycling ash byproducts from coal-fired operations that creates a marketable recycled product and eliminates the need to landfill the byproduct.

  • Pittsburgh Mineral and Environmental Technology will develop, install and operate a production scale demonstration unit making shaped building products, primarily floor and wall tiles from coal combustion byproducts. Based in Pennsylvania, PMET will use the grant for the production and testing of full-size samples as well as testing various coatings for tiles in Georgetown, SC.

    The Recycling Market Development Advisory Council supports programs and policies to create markets for recyclable materials. Managed within the S.C. Department of Commerce, the council provides technical and economic development assistance to recycling businesses, industry and other organizations.

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