Waste Management to Invest $23 Million in Development of Jasper County Facility

New Hardeeville Terminal to Create More Than 50 Jobs

December 27, 2017

(Hardeeville, SC)--Waste Management today announced that it is expanding its operations by constructing a new, cutting-edge facility utilizing Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) at RiverPort Business Park in Hardeeville, South Carolina. The company will create 53 new jobs and invest $23 million at the new 25,000-square-foot facility, which will be located on Hwy 17, just off I-95 at Exit 5 in Jasper County.

Pursuing carbon footprint reduction, Waste Management’s Hardeeville facility will boast an entire fleet of new trucks, all of which operate using CNG instead of diesel fuel.  The facility will also serve as a CNG fueling station for the fleet.  Waste Management’s Hardeeville project received funding in partnership with the Center for Transportation and the Environment in Atlanta and as part of a competitively selected U.S. Department of Energy cost-shared award for its focus on using CNG.

Tracey Shrader, the Area President for Waste Management, stated, “This state of the art facility is a very exciting project for Waste Management, the Lowcountry, our employees, and our customers. Waste Management’s commitment to Jasper County and the entire Lowcountry, as well as our customers in South Carolina and Georgia, has never been stronger.   We continue to be a leader in our industry by investing in CNG infrastructure and trucks fueled by CNG, a win for our customers, the environment, and Waste Management.   We have called Jasper County home for several decades and look forward to unveiling our new facility and fleet to the community and to our customers.  For every diesel truck we replace with natural gas we reduce our use of diesel fuel by an average of 8,000 gallons per year along with a reduction of 14 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year.  Our vehicles powered by CNG emit nearly zero particulate emissions, cut greenhouse gas emissions by over 20 percent, and are quieter than diesel trucks.  These are exciting times for Waste Management and our local partners in Jasper County and beyond, and we look forward to our continued success working together.”

“SouthernCarolina Alliance salutes Waste Management on selecting a great location in Jasper County,” said SouthernCarolina Alliance President Buddy Phillips.  “RiverPort Park provides access to I-95, two major seaports, and a growing workforce.  We are delighted to have this company, a leader in their field, investing in our region in a state-of-the-art, green facility.”

Waste Management is the largest environmental solutions provider in North America, serving more than 21 million municipal, commercial and industrial customers in the U.S. and Canada. Beyond disposal and recycling, the company offers sustainability consulting services to help customers achieve their green goals, including zero waste. With the largest network of recycling facilities, transfer stations and landfills in the industry, Waste Management is adapted to serve multiple business sectors.

“Waste Management is a vital part of our industrial community, and we thank them for expanding and creating 53 new jobs,” said Marty Sauls, Chairman of Jasper County Council and the Jasper County Chamber of Commerce.  “We are proud to have this respected company investing in our community through quality jobs, revenue, philanthropy and civic support.”

“Hardeeville is proud to welcome Waste Management as the city’s newest business landowner,” said Mayor Harry Williams.  “We are honored to have this nationally known industry leader choose Hardeeville as their new home. We are excited that high-quality companies like Waste Management recognize the market potential of Hardeeville and are investing capital to be part of our growth.  We thank Waste Management for recognizing Hardeeville’s advantages, and there is no doubt that their presence will attract other first-rate companies who will join Waste Management at the River Port Complex.”

Construction for the project is anticipated to begin by December 2017, with hiring expected in July 2018.

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