Richard P. Watson, P.E., BCEE
Chief Executive Officer
Delaware Solid Waste Authority
Richard P. Watson P.E., BCEE is the Chief Executive Officer of the Delaware Solid Waste Authority (DSWA), a position he has held since 2014. DSWA provides solid waste management services for the entire State of Delaware through the use of public private partnerships. These services include three landfills, three transfer stations, two material recovery facilities, seven drop off centers, several recycling programs and an environmental education center.
Mr. Watson joined DSWA in 1981 as a project engineer whose first assignment was to manage the development of a new landfill including finding and acquiring a site, then design, construct and bring it into operation. In 2 ½ years, Delaware’s first double lined landfill was in operation. Since that time, he has overseen the design, construction and operation of several solid waste and recycling projects. He holds a Master of Civil Engineering degree from the University of Delaware, is a licensed Professional Engineer and is a Board Certified Environmental Engineer.