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South Florida’s Landfills are Reaching Capacity, Officials Looking for Solutions

South Florida’s landfills are in danger of filling up, and according to officials, a big part of the problem is that recycling materials are taking up a lot of room.

October 23, 2023

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South Florida’s landfills are in danger of filling up, and according to officials, a big part of the problem is that recycling materials are taking up a lot of room.

Last week, officials and county managers in South Florida met with experts to hear their solutions to help with the ongoing issue.

Doug Bournique, Treasure Coast Regional Planning Chairman, said that only 6% of plastic is recycled. Part of the issue starts right at home and understanding what can go into resident’s recycling bins. The next part is finding a market for recycled goods.

Commissioner and chair of the South Florida Regional Planning Council, Steve Geller, said that more controversial burners will have to be built unless recycling is fixed. One solution Geller proposed that he thinks helps is ending single-stream recycling.

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