"Each state agency, public institution of higher learning, community college, and state university, including all buildings that are occupied by municipal, county, or state employees and entities occupying buildings managed by the Department of Management Services, must at a minimum, annually report all recycled materials to the county using the department’s (DEP's) designated reporting format."
This statute requires reporting, whether or not you are recycling. Even if a public sector entity is not recycling, that entity must report a zero percent recycling rate.
The information to include in the report is limited to municipal solid waste, which, per section 403.706(5) F.S., includes only Construction & Demolition Debris, Yard Waste, Metals, White Goods, Tires, Food Wastes, Textiles, Glass, Aluminum Cans, Steel Cans, Plastic Bottles, Other Plastics, Newspapers, Corrugated Paper, Office Paper, and Other Paper. Municipal Solid Waste does NOT include agricultural waste, industrial waste, mining waste or sludge.
DEP has designated a web-based reporting system called Re-TRAC as the reporting venue. A Public Sector Recycling Reporting User Guide has been developed to assist with the reporting process. The user guide includes instructions on how to use Re-TRAC as well as methods to use when estimating calendar year disposal and recycling data. Reports are due March 1 of each year.
Any and all buildings that are occupied by municipal, county or state employees
Public entities that occupy a building managed by the Department of Management Services
What is required?
It is required that the above listed entities report, to the county in which they are located, all recycled materials. This reporting must be done using the designated reporting format, which can be found on Re-TRAC: Public Sector Recycling Reports.
To help collect recycling data from individual buildings that report to you, we have provided a sample "Building Inventory Spreadsheet" in the Resources section at the bottom of this page. The information can then be entered in Re-TRAC under one entry such as "Anywhere County Public Sector Buildings."
Where do we send the report?
Reports are submitted online via Re-TRAC, the department’s designated reporting format. The department will ensure the information is accessible by the counties.
When do we need to start reporting?
The program was officially launched January 2014. Data for calendar year 2013 is the first reporting year. Reports are due March 1 of each year.
How do I obtain the data?
Contact your service provider to see if it has the information available.
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