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GOVERNOR CRIST ATTENDS GRAND OPENING OF GREEN BUSINESS


GOVERNOR CRIST ATTENDS GRAND OPENING OF GREEN BUSINESS

~~ ~Organic Recovery in Pompano Beach will partner with Publix to keep food waste out of landfills, providing environmentally friendly agricultural and horticultural supplements ~ ~~

August 7, 2008

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POMPANO BEACH - Governor Charlie Crist today, continuing his focus on strengthening Florida's economy, attended the grand opening of Pompano Beach-based business Organic Recovery. The start-up company, founded on the concept of zero waste, converts food waste that would otherwise be disposed in landfills into a product similar to fertilizer that is used in agriculture and horticulture to amend soil or add nutrients to animal feed. Publix Super Markets is providing Organic Recovery food waste from approximately 40 stores in Broward County.

"I applaud Organic Recovery and Publix for their commitment to exploring good business options that help our environment while also firing Florida's economic engine," Governor Crist said. "What these businesses are doing is a perfect example of how there is gold in green and economic opportunity in sustainable business practices."

Organic Recovery projects they can help Publix increase their recycling rate by a minimum of 25 to 30 percent. The Pompano Beach facility, which provides 26 jobs, is permitted to process up to 60 tons of food byproducts daily. Other benefits include reducing food waste in local landfills and manufacturing an environmentally friendly soil amendment/bio-stimulant that can be used in agriculture and horticulture. Organic Recovery plans to serve all 84 Publix locations in Broward County by next month and to establish two additional facilities in Lakeland, Florida, and Atlanta, Georgia.

Attending the grand opening event were Jeffrey W. Young and Lew Spencer of Organic Recovery, who developed the conversion process, and David Duncan, vice president of facilities for Publix Super Markets. Pompano Beach Mayor Lamar Fisher and Representative Jack Seiler were also present.

Organic Recovery is a spin-off from AMT Bio-products, a New Bedford, MA-based company which develops and markets organic, environmentally friendly products. AMT coverts waste material from seafood processing plants and creates useful agricultural, consumer, and industrial materials; like soil amendments, aquaculture feed, compost accelerants, bio-stimulants, marine oils, and nutraceuticals.