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National Storm Recovery expands wood recycling efforts in Florida

The company will open a new facility in Ocoee, Florida, to help support storm-related cleanup efforts.

October 26, 2022

National Storm Recovery, a Florida-based subsidiary of The Sustainable Green Team (SGTM), has signed a five-year lease agreement for approximately 10 acres of industrial land in Ocoee, Florida. According to a release, the company will use the site for an additional wood recycling facility.

The new facility’s services are intended to support the city of Ocoee and the state of Florida by providing a temporary storm debris and staging site for disaster-related contractors, as well as for the collection and short-term storage of landscape and tree debris as part of disaster recovery efforts.

SGTM will also be using a Groundswell Continuous Fermentation process from VRM Biologik, a soil restoration company based in Australia, to produce soil treatment products that can rebuild soil hydration on a cellular level from the collected vegetative and wood waste.

SGTM recently signed a partnership agreement with VRM Biologik Group that will bring VRM’s world- soil moisture technology—HumiSoil and XLR8 Bio—to the U.S.

VRM Biologik’s technology uses any vegetative green waste or compostable material, including wood material such as sawdust or chips or grindings from wood material, and applies a catalyst to stimulate natural reactions that manufacture and store soil moisture. The 100-percent organic material is converted into HumiSoil, a valuable soil amendment, reducing the need for fertilizers and chemicals while increasing the production of agricultural products.

“The timing of our National Storm Recovery subsidiary leasing this new wood recycling facility couldn’t be better coming less than one month after Hurricane Ian hit and our recent partnership with VRM Biologik was announced. Hurricane Ian turned out to be a top five U.S. storm and may have caused as much as $67 billion in damage in Florida,” says Tony Raynor, founder, president and CEO of SGTM.

He adds, “With that level of damage, Hurricane Ian deposited millions of tons of organic material in Florida and waste facilities are groaning under the additional load. Our recent partnership with VRM was especially advantageous as we are now working together to help collect the storm debris and process it using … VRM Biologik technology that enables wholesale gas emissions to be avoided and instead become a resource for depleted soils.”