Management develops new organics facility in Florida
Waste Management, Inc. (WM) is developing
a new organics facility in Okeechobee, Florida. The facility
will process yard, food and clean wood waste to create value-added
soil amendments, as well as bagged lawn and garden products.
The facility, located adjacent to WM’s existing Okeechobee Landfill
operation, is the company’s first dedicated organics composting
site in Florida. The eight acre site will offer organics recycling
services to the South Florida region with operations expected
to begin in the spring of 2011.
“We want to extract the highest value possible from the materials
we manage. Recycling organics through composting and other technologies
that may produce energy, transportation fuels or specialty chemicals,
enables us to generate more value from this specific material
stream,” said Tim Hawkins, market area vice president for WM.
“With this facility, we will be able to offer southern Florida
customers dedicated organics processing capability as well as
generate beneficially useful products such as nutrient-rich organic
compost that can close the loop with local homes and businesses
in South Florida.”
The Okeechobee facility is part of WM’s expansion of its organics
recycling solutions and key to developing new, high value-added
end markets for organic materials and accelerating the growth
of organics recycling across North America. WM recently acquired
a majority equity interest in Garick LLC, a leading manufacturer,
marketer and distributor of organic lawn and garden products,
which has served to expand WM’s organics recycling capabilities
to over one million tons. The company has also invested in new
and emerging technologies to convert organic energy into transportation
fuels, and ultimately, petrochemicals and chemicals.
North America generates over 80 million tons of organic waste
each year. In the United States, approximately a third of municipal
solid waste is organic, including food, yard and wood waste.
Approximately 65 percent of yard waste and 2.5 percent of food
waste collected in the United States is currently diverted from