Schools can consume large amounts of resources and generate a significant amount of solid waste. Experience has shown that all schools have potential to reduce waste by implementing simple waste reduction and recycling techniques.
What does my organization’s recycling rate have to be in order to be recognized? For 2014 and 2015, the recycling rate must be at least 50%. For 2016 and 2017, at least 60%. For 2018 and 2019, at least 70%. For 2020 and after, at least 75%. These are the recycling rate targets set by the Florida Legislature in 403.706(2)(a), F.S.
Per Florida Statute 403.706, all Florida counties must provide the opportunity for their residents to recycle. The recycling program shall be designed to recover a significant portion of at least four of the following materials from the solid waste stream prior to final disposal: newspaper, aluminum cans, steel cans, glass, plastic bottles, cardboard, office paper and yard trash.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship – protecting our air, water and land. The vision of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems.