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

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

"Recycling is a social issue," University of West Florida Small Business Development Center Associate Director Tom Hermanson said. "When we look at changing behavior, we should also look at small businesses.

"In the long run, to make real inroads, it's not looking at 2016 and government regulations and how to force the population to use recycling more. I think there's an element ... where participation, a partnership, with small businesses could be beneficial."

Local efforts

"There's been some talk about getting bigger recycling bins," Candice Salis, office administrator for Waste Pro, Crestview's trash contractor, said. "That could be in the future, because many customers tell us they're recycling more than putting out actual trash."

More residents are recycling and composting than ever before, Farmer said. However, greater demand is necessary to warrant issuing 96-gallon residential recycling bins or building an Okaloosa County recycling center.

Residents who compost said they recognize the rewards.

By composting, "I turned red clay to black, loamy soil," committee member Cal Zethmayr said, adding he uses the soil for gardening and landscaping.

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