State goal is to recycle or compost 75 percent of waste by 2020

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Waste Management District Manager Domenica Farmer speaks to the Crestview Area Chamber of Commerce Government Issues committee.

BRIAN HUGHES | News Bulletin
Published: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 18:19 PM.

CRESTVIEW — For north Okaloosa County, recycling waste helps the environment and the economy, according to waste managers.

Saving money

"Small businesses say, 'How can you save me money?'" Waste Management District Manager Domenica Farmer said April 10 during the Crestview Area Chamber of Commerce Government Issues Committee meeting.

The answer is simple: recycle.

It costs $20 per ton to recycle, versus $50 per ton to put everything in the trash, Farmer said. Maintaining a landfill costs three or four times as much as single-stream recycling, she said.

"A little bit of effort on their part, and education of employees," can pull many recyclables from the waste stream, reducing the frequency and cost of emptying businesses' trash bins, Farmer said.

Locally, some Tom Thumb stores recycle, which makes more room for trash in waste containers, she said. That reduces the number of more expensive trash collections while increasing less expensive recycle pick-ups.



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