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Waste Management announces plans for Florida organics processing facility

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Waste Management Inc. announced plans to develop a new organics facility in Apopka. The facility will process yard, food and clean wood waste to create value added soil amendments.

The Vista Landfill facility is part of Waste Management’s expansion of its organics recycling facilities and key to developing new end markets for organic materials and accelerating the growth of organics recycling across North America.

Earlier this year, the firm announced the development of a new organics facility in Okeechobee. Last year, Waste Management acquired a majority equity interest in Garick LLC, a manufacturer, marketer and distributor of organic lawn and garden products. 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 percent annually.

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