[NEWS] Is Trash Incineration Recycling?
– by Skyler Swisher, July 25, 2016, Sun Sentinel
A new energy-producing incinerator is helping Palm Beach County reach a state goal of recycling 75 percent of its waste by 2020, according to a state report released Monday.
Palm Beach County’s recycling rate stood at 72 percent in 2015, tied for the second highest in the state, thanks in large part to a $672 million waste-to-energy plant that came online in June 2015, according to the report.
The Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County expects to reach the state goal next year, said Willie Puz, an agency spokesman.
The state provides credits to counties that burn trash to produce energy, despite concerns from environmentalists who argue it should only reflect traditional recycling, such as curbside recycling and materials collected at recycling centers.
Excluding credits for the waste-to-energy plant, Palm Beach County recycled 42 percent of its waste, according to a report from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. That’s on par with Broward County, which recycled 43 percent of its garbage, and had a total recycling rate of 54 percent when credits were included.