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Publix Super Markets has joined forced with Organic Recovery, LLC, a developer and marketer of organic, environmentally friendly products, to increase its recycling rate by 25 percent to 30 percent in 33 stores. By the end of this summer, Organic Recovery aims to serve all 84 Publix stores in Broward County, Fla.
Organic Recovery turns fresh food waste into such items as a liquid plant food that can be used by everyone from homeowners to large commercial agricultural concerns. Among the plant food's other benefits are that it doesn't leach into the water supply or contaminate groundwater.
"Publix's continued success depends upon sustaining our environment, the people in our company and communities and our business," said Dave Duncan, v.p. of facility services at Lakeland, Fla.-based Publix. "Organic Recovery presents an opportunity in fulfilling our mission to be intolerant of waste by diverting food waste that would typically be sent to local landfills, thus reducing the greenhouse gas emissions. Furthermore, supporting green companies such as Organic Recovery allows Publix to open the door for environmentally sustainable alternatives to become accessible to the industry and consumers alike."
Pompano Beach, Fla.-based Organic Recovery opened its first facility in that city yesterday. The company is also planning two additional facilities in Lakeland and Atlanta.
Future goals for the company include serving Publix stores in Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties.