The state of Florida has established a recycling goal of 75% by the year 2020, indicating the state’s commitment to minimizing solid waste streams entering landfills. Of the 32.3 million tons of municipal solid waste generated in Florida, organics, including food waste, yard waste and paper, compose 40% of the total.. Recycling rates for organics are low across the state with food waste at only 1.4%, yard waste at 37% and paper at 27%. As a major contributor to municipal solid waste entering landfills in Florida, organics recycling is incredibly essential to reach the state’s 75% goal by 2020.

Rerouting the organics waste stream to recycling centers has several environmental benefits including: diverting organic waste from incineration and landfill, treatment of pathogenic organisms, stabilization of nutrients and other organic compounds and phosphorus recycling. Recycled organics can also be used to help soil control erosion, retain moisture, improve texture, improve ecology, and increase organic matter content, as well as aiding with the production of alternate fuels.

For more information on this program, please visit the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (FDEP) website. 

FDEP Recycling Goal