SC's Recycling Industry
Legislative Day

Nancy spoke during the legislators luncheon detailing how recycling promotes small business growth which provides South Carolina with green jobs.

Tomato Palms along with over 330 participants, representing South Carolina's recycling businesses and industry, manufacturers, haulers, non-profits, and local government, attended the 4th Annual Recycling Industry Legislative Day event at the SC Statehouse on March 9, 2011. Read More...

Recycling Facts

Aluminum is recyclable over and over – indefinitely

In addition to making new bottles, recycled plastic can be used to make winter fleece clothing as well as landscape and garden products.


Service through RecyclonomicsSC

October 22, 2014

I consider my volunteering on the RecyclonomicsSC Board as one way to increase recycling in South Carolina. During the annual Legislative Day, media attended our press conference and volunteers called on our personal House and Senate representatives to make sure they understand the importance of their support for recycling. The luncheon we hosted included a presentation on the importance of supporting recycling legislation in South Carolina. Education is the key reason this group is making an impact in our state.

Tomato Palms Hosts State Agency Directors

June 24th, 2014

In June, Tomato Palms hosted a media event at our facility attended by SC Secretary of Commerce, Bobby Hitt and DHEC Director, Catherine Templeton where Professor Frank Hefner from the College of Charleston announced the findings of his updated economic impact report. It was stated “The recycling industry in South Carolina brings a $13 billion boost to the state's economy annually - double the estimated impact of recycling in 2006. The economic impact report quantified the contributions of recycling through a combination of direct survey data from recycling companies as well as economic modeling through IMPLAN. The report was an update to a 2006 study with the same methodology. Despite the recession, the total economic impact of recycling activities in the state grew nearly five percent annually to double its impact in eight years, while recycling's benefit to jobs across South Carolina grew to 54,121 jobs impacted - a 44 percent increase since 2006.

Recycling at the American Diabetes Tour de Cure

May 3, 2014

I was proud to provide recycling services this year (and every year) for the American Diabetes Tour de Cure.

Inside the Corner Office

February 1, 2014

Columbia College invited me in February 2014 to participate in their “Inside the Corner Office” event. It was an interactive session with the students.

South Carolina Recycling Legislative Day at the State House

February 20, 2013

Tomato Palms is proud to have made its annual donation in the ongoing commitment to help the homeless of our community with contributions to The Oliver Gospel Mission, Sistercare and Pawmetto Lifeline.

Fourth Annual Sustainable Holiday Celebration

November 26, 2012

Tomato Palms was a proud sponsor of the Fourth Annual Sustainable Holiday Celebration which was presented by Sustainable Midlands.

South Carolina Green is Good for Business Conference

September 28, 2012

Tomato Palms attended the South Carolina Green is Good for Business Conference at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. Tomato Palms participated in supporting RecyclonomicsSC at the Expo.

Girl Scouts Go Green

September 15, 2012

The Girl Scouts Go Green recycling day was a great event in Irmo where recycled crafts were made and Tomato Palms provided the collection of recyclable materials.

American Diabetes Tour De Cure Fundraiser

May 5, 2012

Tomato Palms participated for the third year at the American Diabetes Tour De Cure Fundraiser by collecting recyclable materials at the event.

Tour De Cure

May 7, 2011

Tomato Palms provided recycling services for the second year to the American Diabetes Tour de Cure fundraiser in Little Mountain, SC. 40 pounds of material was recycled.

ABC Recycling Bill Passes Senate

June 2, 2011

S 461, the ABC Recycling bill that will require businesses with a permit to serve alcoholic beverages on-premises to recycle their glass, aluminum, plastic and cardboard passed the Senate the last day in Session.

S 461 - ABC Recycling Bill

March 22, 2011

S.461 calls for establishments that have a permit for on-site consumption of alcohol to implement a recycling program in the next two years for plastic, corrugated cardboard, aluminum and glass. (The bill provides establishments without access to glass recyclers, 3 years to implement glass recycling.) S.461 also calls for these establishments to develop recycling plans guided by DHEC. Minimal funding will come from the Governor's Task Force on Litter with money going equally to DHEC and the Department of Revenue for implementation and enforcement.  Permit applications or renewals are given a 10% discount for 8 years if there is a recycling plan that does not include glass, and 25% discount for applications and renewals that have a recycling plan with glass.  On March 22, 2011, the Senate Judiciary Committee gave this bill a favorable report.

Wellness Expo at The Oaks Retirement Community

May 26, 2010

Tomato Palms specialized in the Environmental Dimension of the Wellness Expo at The Oaks Retirement Community in Orangeburg, SC. Nancy met with each resident that participated to make sure they understood the necessity of recycling and what proper procedures they should follow. Residents were given a "Recycle List" and a "Do Not Recycle List" to keep as a reference.

Governor Sanford Signs E-Waste Recycling Bill

May 20, 2010

Gov. Mark Sanford today joined legislators and conservation advocates to sign H.4093, a bill aimed at encouraging electronics recycling and minimizing the amount of "E-waste," or discarded electronic items, in South Carolina’s landfills.

Tour de Cure

May 1, 2010

The Tour de Cure is a challenging cycling event that lets both the avid and recreational cyclists raise money for diabetes research and programs to find a cure for diabetes. The purpose of the event, held at Little Mountain Reunion Park in Little Mountain, SC, was to make a difference in the lives of over 300,000 South Carolinians diagnosed with diabetes. Tomato Palms provided free recycling bins and serviced the bins throughout the day for this event. Over 25 lbs of recyclable materials were gathered.

WVOC "Go Green" Radio Contest

March 3, 2010

Tomato Palms recently co-sponsored a "green" contest along with client All American Heating and Air for a chance to win $10,000.00 from radio channel WVOC. In the link below, you will see Tim hard at work. Tomato Palms also donated a $100.00 gas gift card.

Tim with Cocky