Rose Gainey, representing the efforts of Chesterfield County, was honored by the Carolina Recycling Association with the Recycler of the Year Award. Gainey was recognized during the annual conference and trade show in Myrtle Beach April 10, and again by members of Chesterfield County Council May 1.
The award is given each year to an individual in the field who has made a significant contribution to the “advancement of integrated solid waste reduction,” according to a press release from the Carolina Recycling Association.
Gainey is credited with initiating and implementing new programs to save money and has increased revenue from recycling as well. She has gotten the local schools on board by providing trailers for recycling collection and providing educational training and the support needed to ensure successful programs at these schools.
Chesterfield County Council Chairman Matt Rivers said the award exemplifies an exceptional effort on Gainey’s part, especially when you consider she was chosen “out of 46 counties across the state.”
“I do enjoy my job,” Gainey told council. “I don’t think I’d work anywhere else. Thank you.”
— Staff Writer Karen Kissiah can be reached by calling 843-537-5261, or by email at email@example.com.