Last week at the Statehouse, a new optional license plate was unveiled by the state’s recycling industry. The creation of the tag was approved by the General Assembly and sponsored by an advisory council that operates under the Department of Commerce.
Gerry Fishbeck of United Resource Recovery Corporation is chair of South Carolina Department of Commerce’s Recycling Market Development Advisory Council (RMDAC). He says there is a $54 fee for the tag, and $30 of it will go to promote the education, marketing and information to increase recycling in South Carolina. “South Carolina’s (recycling) industry of 300 businesses, employs 15,000 people and generates an economic impact of $6.5 billion,” says Fishbeck.
Fishbeck says South Carolina is the first state to institute a recycling license plate, and it will serve as a reminder that unrecycled waste in the state is wasted revenue.
(Ashley Byrd’s interview with RMDAC’s Gerry Fishbeck MP3 3:45)
RMDAC is one of the state’s economic clusters, like those represented by the automotive or textile industries.