The South Carolina Department of Commerce has teamed up with the Department of Health and Environmental Control Office of Solid Waste Reduction and Recycling division to take a bite out of food waste.  Organic food waste makes up 21% of our household trash in SC and is the leading cause of methane production in our landfills, a powerful greenhouse gas.  On a per ton basis making compost alone employs 2x  more workers than landfills and 4x more workers than incinerators.  Organics recovery is an emerging market area that is growing in South Carolina because new regulations to allow for commercial scale composting that were passed into law in July 2014. Learn more about food waste in America here.  


On September 16, 2015, the US EPA and USDA adopted the the UN Sustainable Development Goal, announcing the first ever domestic goal to reduce food loss and waste by 50% by the year 2030. By taking action on the U.S. 2030 Food Loss and Waste Reduction goal, South Carolina can help feed the hungry, save money for families and businesses, create jobs, and protect the environment. 



Let's feed people not landfills. The four food banks servicing SC are represented under the South Carolina Food Bank Association offering corporate and individual support for food donation.





Humble Acres OrganicsBlackvilleSCCompost
Charleston CountyCharlestonSCComposter
Food Waste DisposalCharlestonSCHauler/ Commercial
Republic Services  CharlestonSCHauler/ Commercial
SMART RecyclingCharleston/ HorryNCHauler/ Commercial
Crown Town Composting Rock HillCharlotteNCHauler/ Residential
Horry CountyConwaySCComposter
Second Chance CompostFort MillSCCompost
Seaside MulchGalivants FerrySCCompost
GreenGo Recycling/ Williams C&D LandfillGranitevilleSCComposter
Becker Complete Compactor, Inc.LexingtonSCEquipment
Scoop-D-Doo/ Palmetto SupremeMcConnellsSCCompost
Carolina Waste ServicesNorth CharlestonSCHauler/ Commercial
Divergent EnergyROEBUCKSCEquipment
Atlas OrganicsGreenville/ ColumbiaSCHauler Commercial/Composter
River Run FarmsVanceSCCompost

Contact us: Anna DeLage 


Find out more about Don't Waste Food SC HERE


Composting Regulations

If you are a business, local government, college/university or other entity interested in starting a new composting operation, call the DHEC Division of Mining and Solid Waste at 803-898-1367 to find out if you need a permit.


The SC Food Waste Generation map was created to assess who South Carolina’s food waste generators are, where they are located and to provide a resource map using the data collected that could be used by government and businesses to understand where and how much food waste is being generated. The South Carolina Food Waste Generation Report estimates the potential generation of food waste is over 600,000 tons per year. 



WYFF News 4 May 2017 "Don't Waste Food SC"

Greenville County, SC May 2017 "Upstate Kickoff"

WSPA May 2017 "Fighting food waste in SC"

Fox Carolina May 2017 "DHEC, Upstate agencies partner for 'Don’t Waste Food SC' campaign"

WYFF May 2017 "Don't Waste Food SC"

Greenville News May 2017  "As food waste grows, SC DHEC campaign offers solutions"

WLTX July 2016 "Campaign Launched to Decrease Food Waste" 

DHEC July 2016 "Partnership Launches Don't Waste Food SC" 

Washington Post "SC Agencies, food bank, compost group what to end food waste" 

Columbia Business Monthly June 2016 "Recycling Economics" 

Greenville News May 2016 "Wasted Food a Growing Problem Nationally and Locally" 

Upstate Business Journal October 2015 "Recycling the Leftovers: Food Waste Recycling Could Divert Tons from Landfill"

Elemental Impact October 2015 "Zero Waste in ACTION"