Richard Chesley

Richard Chesley

Speaker | SC Department of Environmental Control

Columbia, SC |

Richard began his career with DHEC in 1989 working with the Division of Media Relations following a 10-year newspaper career. He has been with the Office of Solid Waste Reduction and Recycling since its beginning in 1991 and now manages the Office’s Education, Technical Assistance and Reporting Section. Key programs of the Office include the Recycle More SC campaign, “Action for a cleaner tomorrow: A South Carolina Environmental Curriculum Supplement,” certification programs for local government and college/university recycling professionals, the S.C. Smart Business Program and the Green Hospitality Program as well as initiatives on food recovery and electronics recycling. The office also produces the S.C. Solid Waste Management Annual Report.

Session Name: Public Private Partnerships in South Carolina and Virginia

Session Time: Thursday, January 30, 8:30 to 10:00 AM

Presentation Title: Don’t Waste Food SC Campaign: Improving the Soil Conditions for the SC Economy

Presentation Description: Don’t Waste Food SC is a collaborative outreach campaign led by the South Carolina Department of Commerce and the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control that brings together ambassadors from the public and private sectors dedicated to sharing knowledge, coordinating resources and working together to reduce food waste in South Carolina. Speakers in this session will address the economic impact of composting in SC and how the Don’t Waste Food SC campaign supports the growth of the composting industry. Composting regulations were passed in 2014 in South Carolina to allow for a commercial scale composting industry to grow.  Speakers will share data, jobs created, and the progression of the industry since 2014.  They will also share how to make the invisible visible with the Grown with SC Compost signage. South Carolina will provide replicable success tools for stakeholder engagement, branding, and public information campaigns.

Co-Authors: Anna DeLage, SC Department of Commerce,
Chantal Fryer, SC Department of Commerce,