Organics Recycling In Florida


The Florida Composting Council (FLCC) has been organized by a group of USCC members working in the consulting, non-profit, public education and legal fields. These members are working towards a more robust organics and food waste recycling industry in the state. Officially, FLCC becomes a chapter through the affiliation of Recycle Florida Today (RFT), Florida’s state recycling organization and premier association educating recycling and environmental professionals throughout Florida from both the public, private and non-profit sectors. Visit the Florida Composting Council online at





Organics Downloadable and Other Resources:


Organics Resources and Education:

As a benefit to our members, we are providing the following organics recycling resources and links for your use and application.


FL Department of Environmental Regulation (DEP)

Composting/Organics Recycling Main Page: This program is involved with recycling of organic solid wastes. The main focus is on the production and use of compost made from solid waste, and on source-separated organic processing facilities. Activities include rulemaking, providing technical assistance on implementing the organics recycling regulations, providing information on the environmental aspects of compost production and use, and processing the source-separated organics processing facility (i.e., yard trash processing, manure blending, or vegetative waste/animal byproduct/manure composting) registration applications.



Florida Organics Recycling Center for Excellence (FORCE)

The Florida Organics Recycling Center for Excellence (FORCE) is Florida’s Organics recycling resource center.  It was a legislatively funded project to provide a framework to promote organics recycling in a statewide effort to streamline compost processing, research, demonstration, marketing, and education in Florida. This website was developed to be utilized by four organics sectors in Florida: 1) local governments, 2) agricultural community, (3) private sector (corporate/institutional).



US Composting Council (USCC)

The US Composting Council (USCC) advances composting and promotes compost use to enhance soils and provide economic and environmental benefits for our members and society. We believe that the recycling of organic materials is central to achieving healthy soils, clean water and a sustainable society. The vision is achieved through education, advocacy, research, BMPs, and partnerships.



University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS)

The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) is a federal-state-county partnership dedicated to developing knowledge in agriculture, human and natural resources, and the life sciences, and enhancing and sustaining the quality of human life by making that information accessible. While extending into every community of the state, UF/IFAS has developed an international reputation for its accomplishments in teaching, research and extension. Because of this mission and the diversity of Florida’s climate and agricultural commodities, IFAS has facilities located throughout Florida.  IFAS provides research and development for Florida’s agricultural and natural resources industries that in 2008, had a $76.5 billion annual impact.



Florida Backyard Composting Tutorial and Information

Welcome to the Florida Backyard Composting Tutorial and Information Website. Composting is the breakdown of organic materials by microorganisms. Sounds complicated? It’s not. Anybody can compost, even apartment dwellers. All you need is a little space, water, air, some organic material and the desire. Compost will happen!

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