News in Recycling: S.C. Commerce recycling team promotes composting

COMPOST 2020Prevent. Donate. Compost. That was the message the S.C. Commerce Recycling Market Development team shared at COMPOST 2020 held earlier this month in North Charleston, S.C. Commerce partnered with the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control to showcase the state’s Don’t Waste Food SC initiative. The group showed examples of how governments, residents and business can team up to prevent food waste. 

Food is the No. 1 item Americans throw away. Each year, up to 40% of the food supply in the U.S. is never consumed – an annual loss of $218 billion. The Don’t Waste Food SC program works to reduce those numbers, with a collaborative outreach campaign that brings together ambassadors from the public and private sectors dedicated to sharing knowledge, coordinating resources and working together to reduce food waste in S.C.

Additionally, at COMPOST 2020, S.C. Commerce Recycling Market Development Director Chantal Fryer had the opportunity to speak with attendees about how the composting industry is growing within South Carolina and how food waste is being kept out of landfills because of these efforts. 

To learn more about business recycling opportunities and programs in S.C., visit