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

Published: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 06:19 PM.

"There's a financial reward, plus you're doing a great thing for the environment," Farmer said.

The former benefit motivated the Crestview High School French club to start recycling aluminum cans as a fundraiser.

However, “we discovered it takes an awful lot of cans to make any money," Chris Lanoue, the club's adviser, said.

'A social issue'

The state has set a goal of having 75 percent of business and household waste diverted to recycling or composting by 2020, Farmer said.

Most things in people’s trash bins can be recycled or composted, but educating consumers and businesses remains a challenge, she said.

"Most of the population (doesn’t) know what they can recycle," Farmer said. "If you don't know, what are you going to do? You don't recycle."

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