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The term is used to describe a series of activities that include collecting, sorting and processing recyclables (that would otherwise considered wastes) into raw materials (such as fibres and metals) and manufacturing the raw materials into new products.

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The biodecomposition of organic material, such as animal wastes, plant residues or sludges, in the presence of air, by controlled methods including mechanical mixing and aerating.


Recycling Organic Materials to Improve Your Florida-Friendly Edible Landscape

EP599/ENH1335 by Terra Freeman, Tiare Silvasy, Lynn Barber, Tom Wichman, Esen Momol, Tina McIntyre, Jacqlyn Rivas, and Jen MarvinFebruary 17, 2021This publication is intended to educate homeowners on environmentally friendly ways to enhance soil fertility for vegetables, herbs, and fruits in the home landscape. It discusses strategies for recycling nutrients in place or via composting systems to create productive edible landscapes with less waste. Adopting these methods into your landscape maintenance routine will build organic matter and add nutrients to the soil naturally.

What is oyster shell recycling?

SS703/SL490by Ana Zangroniz, Marian Azeem-Angel, Katie Heiden, Heather Donnelly, and Ashley R. SmythJuly 16, 2021This new 7-page publication of the UF/IFAS Department of Soil and Water Sciences is intended to serve Natural Resources or Florida Sea Grant Extension agents, as well as local partners considering establishing a local oyster shell recycling program or local restaurants interested in learning more about oyster shell recycling, and shares lessons learned from starting a program in Miami-Dade County. Written by Ana Zangroniz, Marian Azeem-Angel, Katie Heiden, Heather Donnelly, and Ashley R. Smyth.

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A call to action: Municipalities urged to join UF/IFAS scientists, compost industry, policy makers to promote compost standards, programs, practices in Florida

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One step to curbing climate change this holiday season is to make the most of your food waste, UF/IFAS experts toss in tips on why and how to compost

Lourdes MederosNovember 20th, 2023Food waste is one of the drivers of climate change. People have begun their holiday grocery shopping, and as food enters the picture, why not keep food waste to a minimum. Make this holiday season the start of your composting practices and the gift that keeps on giving. Experts at the University of Florida Institute […]

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