Recycling at the Park

The South Carolina State Park Service is the first state park system in the country to offer recycling services for paper, plastic, aluminum and glass commodities at all its parks.

Our partners include:

The program was formally launched on Monday, April 12, 2010, at Sesquicentennial State Park in Columbia. Working together our partners have been able to overcome obstacles and provide a recycling program at each of the state’s 47 state parks and historical sites.

Sonoco Donates Balers

Sonoco Recycling will be generously donating a total of four balers to SC State Parks to assist with our recycling efforts.  The first baler was installed at Hunting Island State Park, the second at Hickory Knob State Resort Park near McCormick, another at Dreher Island State Park on Lake Murray and the fourth at Sesquicentennial State Park in Columbia. This baler enables the park to compact like materials, such as cardboard, aluminum and plastic. After compacted the baler binds these neatly together and ready for recycling. Not only does this new baler save the park time and money, it helps the environment and our efforts to become a greener park service.  The four balers represent a $35,000 investment in the state’s environmental future, by Sonoco.

Green Tips for Travelling

The SC Department of Health and Environmental Control provides an array of information on how to be a more earth-friendly traveller. Visit their website to learn more about this and to download some helpful information and tips!  

Green Tips for Your Camping Trip

The next time you plan on camping at a SC State Park, check out this list of tips for going green:

  • Save gas by not going far
  • Recycle while camping
  • Avoid disposable items whenever possible
  • Leave the campsite and park better than you found it
  • Use non-lead sinkers when fishing
  • Don't litter
  • When washing yourself or dishes, carry water 200-feet away from streams or lakes
  • Leave rocks, plants and other natural objects as you found them