Waste Management to Develop New Organics Facility

by Nate Hunter

Okeechobee, FL—Waste Management, Inc. is developing a new organics facility in Florida that will process waste from South Florida businesses and residents to create organic compost products.


Okeechobee, FL—Waste Management, Inc., a Houston-based provider of comprehensive waste management services in North America, 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 Waste Management’s existing Okeechobee Landfill operation, is the company’s first dedicated organics composting site in Florida. The 8-acre site will offer organics recycling services to the South Florida region with operations expected to begin in the spring of 2011.

The Okeechobee facility is part of Waste Management’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. The company has also invested in new and emerging technologies to convert organic energy into transportation fuels, and ultimately, petrochemicals and chemicals.

The market for composting services is growing as consumers are increasingly demanding alternatives to conventional fertilizers for lawn and garden care, and municipalities and companies are seeking to increase the recycling of organic materials for beneficial use. Organic compost is considered a part of the green retail market, which has been growing at 20% annually.


For more information, visit www.wm.com or www.thinkgreen.com.


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