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 46.6 million tons of municipal solid waste generated in Florida in 2019, organics, including food waste, yard waste and other paper, composed 27% of the total. Recycling rates for organics across the state include food waste at only 2%, yard waste at 65% and other paper at 11%. 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