NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - When you consider that 15 million pounds of food is donated to the Lowcountry Food Bank every year, that could add up to a lot of trash.
George Buell, the Director of Distribution, makes sure that doesn't happen.
In fact, Buell says the food bank saves 50,000 pounds of containers, like cardboard boxes and plastic bottles, from being taken to the landfill each year.
"Since most of our mission is to recover what would be otherwise wasted, we really feel we ought be a leader in the recycling program because that's exactly what recycling is," Buell said.
So every week, everything that can be recycled is. He takes about 1,000 pounds of containers to a recycling center in North Charleston.
Buell says recycling reduces the burden on the county by not overloading the landfills and helps the earth by turning the containers into something that can be reused.