8/12/2013 8:08 AM
GARICK LLC, WASTE MANAGEMENT ANNOUNCE COMMUNITY INITIATIVE
FOCUSING ON ORGANICS RECYCLING
OKEECHOBEE, Fla., Aug. 12, 2013 – Garick LLC, operator of Waste Management’s compost facility here, will produce, package and sell the Organic Valley® Brand Compost and Potting Mixes via a unique new collaboration involving Faith Farm Ministries.
Garick LLC operates two Waste Management compost facilities in Florida, including the Okeechobee Organics Recycling Facility, an eight-acre facility located adjacent to Waste Management’s Okeechobee Landfill. The facility, along with Waste Management’s Vista Organics Recycling Facility in Apopka, makes organic compost using local food, yard and wood residuals. The compost is used to make high-quality soil mixes for the landscape and garden markets.
Together, Garick and Faith Farm Ministries have invested into and built the new packaging facility on the Faith Farm Okeechobee campus to bring the compost product to market. The Organic Valley® Brand will be available for sale in all Faith Farm thrift stores, as well as other retail stores focusing on organic products.
“This collaboration allows us to grow our organics recycling and composting business with Waste Management while supporting the local community by giving men within Faith Farm Ministries’ program an opportunity to develop new skills they can take with them into the job market,” said Ray Stamper, general manager of Garick’s Florida operations. “I am very excited about this opportunity to mutually grow our business, further our commitment to green initiatives and support this mission.”
The new collaboration provides a “closed-loop” solution – from raw materials taken out of the waste stream to a high-end organic packaged material - all locally procured and manufactured. The Organic Valley® Compost will be available in one cubic foot bags and the Potting Mix will be sold in a 1.5-cubic foot bag.
“We are excited about being part of the organic recycling story here, including using and reusing what society throws away to help others,” says Allen Patterson, assistant campus director of Faith Farm Ministries in Okeechobee. “Faith Farm is all about helping men and women get a new start in life; men and women who have often been discarded by society, yet have intrinsic and eternal value. We look forward to offering our programs to others who need them in the days and months ahead.”
The Okeechobee Organics Recycling Facility is permitted to accept up to 30,000 tons of organic material per year. It is part of Waste Management’s strategy to expand organics recycling. To date, the company operates 36 organics processing facilities throughout North America.
“As the nation’s largest environmental solutions provider, our customers are asking us to help them meet their sustainability and recycling goals,” said Karen Hawkins, manager of organics recycling for Waste Management. “We’re very pleased to have invested in and built the Okeechobee facility which provides the most advanced aerated composting technology available to make this project possible.”
North America generates over 80 million tons of organic waste each year. In the United States, approximately one third of municipal solid waste is organic, including food scraps, yard trimmings and wood residue. Approximately 65 percent of American yard waste and 2.5 percent of food scraps are currently diverted from disposal. The market for composting services is growing. Consumers are increasingly demanding non-chemical solutions to lawn and garden care. Municipalities and companies are seeking to reduce the amount of organic material they send for disposal. Organic compost is considered a part of the green retail market, which has been growing at 20 percent annually.
Garick, LLC operates Waste Management compost facilities in Florida. Garick is a distributor, processor and recycler of sustainable natural resource products, priding itself on its commitment to sustainability and environmental practices. Using food, yard, and forest products residuals, Garick diverts and beneficially reuses organic waste streams and creates organic mulches, soils, and other sustainable products, supplying customers with a complete range of products in bags, bales or bulk. To learn more visit www.garick.com.
About Waste Management
Waste Management, Inc., based in Houston, Texas, is the leading provider of comprehensive waste management services in North America. Through its subsidiaries, the company provides collection, transfer, recycling and resource recovery, and disposal services. It is one of the largest residential recyclers and also a leading developer, operator and owner of waste-to-energy and landfill gas-to-energy facilities in the United States. The company’s customers include residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal customers throughout North America. To learn more information about Waste Management, visit www.wm.com or www.thinkgreen.com.
About Faith Farm Ministries
Established in 1951, Faith Farm Ministries is a faith-based, long-term, residential, recovery program for men and women who struggle with addiction issues. There are 445 beds at three locations consisting of over 1,650 acres in Fort Lauderdale, Boynton Beach, and Okeechobee, Florida. Faith Farm Ministries is the premier, national model for a self-funded ministry incorporating a variety of micro-enterprise initiatives, including citrus, cattle, dairy calves, thrift stores, recycling, sod farming and more. While in the program, students are trained and gain experience in resumé-worthy vocations to help them compete in a challenging job market. The year-long program is 100 percent free for students with micro-enterprise generating nearly $12 million annually: 94.4 million of revenues allocated to programs; 4.4 percent allocated to administration; and, only 1.2 percent allocated toward fundraising. Visit www.FaithFarm.org for additional information.