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Greenville County named SC's top recycler

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Aluminum cans and glass bottles are just some of the items Greenville County residents can recycle. (File/FOX Carolina) Aluminum cans and glass bottles are just some of the items Greenville County residents can recycle. (File/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Greenville County was named South Carolina's top recycling county Tuesday.

Greenville County Solid Waste said a report by the state Department of Health and Environmental Control showed that the county's recycling rate went from 37.1 percent in 2010 to 42.4 percent in 2011.

The report showed that the average county resident recycles 2.6 pounds per day, and produces 3.5 pounds of trash in the same period.

Officials said the new numbers show that programs aimed at educating and encouraging recycling in Greenville County are working.

"We are committed to getting out in the community to spread the message of recycling, and also provide businesses and citizens the tools and materials necessary to execute recycling programs," said Greenville County Recycling Coordinator Wendy McNatt.

Greenville County has 21 recycling drop-off sites throughout the county.

"The heroes are the people of the county who have found value in the materials we were once tossing as trash," said Marcia Papin, of Greenville County Solid Waste. "We are all taking one step at a time down the road to zero waste."

In all, 213,000 tons of trash were recycled in the county in 2011, officials said.

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