South Florida leaders look for recycling solutions as local landfills continue filling up

MIAMI — South Florida landfills are filling up, and officials say a large part of the problem is that what’s meant to be recycled ends up in the landfill, too.

On Friday, elected officials and county managers from South Florida listened to what experts have to say to help solve the problem. 

Treasure Coast Regional Planning Chairman Doug Bournique said only 6% of plastic is actually recycled. Part of it starts at home and knowing what can go into the recycle bin, another is going to be creating a market for recycled goods. 

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

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