A partnership between the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), Recycle Florida Today (RFT), the State’s Recycling Association, and private industry has recently been reignited to seek ways to improve the beneficial use of compost and organics recycling products and materials in Florida. The long-term goal is to boost the use of compost in transportation projects.

The partnership includes, but is not limited to the following:

1) Educational Resources

2) Conference Calls

3) Presentations and Workshops

4) Pilot Programs in Various Regions of Florida



On this page you will find documents that were prepared in partnership with FORCE, FDEP, and RFT. They are valuable resources to be used by the staff at FDOT and anyone wanting to learn more about the history of the partnership initiated in 2000.

Erosion & Sediment Control Using Organics

Beneficial Use of Organics in FDOT Roadside Projects

Marketing Plan to Increase Use of Compost & Mulch in Road Construction/Maintenance

And at the RFT 2017 Summer Conference in June, FDOT Material Management staff made the following presentation on building a partnership.

FDOT Use of Compost Today and In the Future


For more information about this partnership, and to get involved, please contact the following people:

Karen Moore of the FDEP


Timothy J. Ruelke of the FDOT


Recycle Florida Today, the state’s Recycling and Composting Organization

Join RFT to become a member of the Organics Recycling Committee

Additional resources of other State and DOT partnerships can be found through the following links:


New York

North Carolina


Lastly, compost producers who are participants of the United States Composting Council’s (USCC) Seal of Testing Assurance (STA) program can promote their compost to state departments of transportation.

For more information about the STA program and it’s benefits, please visit this site:

US Composting Council STA Program

Florida Food Waste Prevention Week
Florida Food Waste Prevention Week is a dynamic and comprehensive week filled with special activities and events designed to raise awareness and inspire behavior change to reduce food waste at home, work and in our communities. Learn more about how you can join throughout the week using the button below.
April 5 - 9, 2021