On its way to a 75 percent recycling rate by 2020, Florida’s recycling rate in 2015 was 54 percent, meeting the 50 percent target rate specified in Florida statute. Twenty counties are leading the way with 2015 recycling rates reaching and exceeding the 50 percent Interim Recycling Goal.
In 2015, 20 counties have already achieved that 50 percent rate. As of Jan. 1, 2015, the department also has recognized over 30 businesses and other organizations that have a recycling rate of at least 50 percent. The challenge is for the recycling efforts of other counties, businesses and governmental agencies to match or exceed those that are leading the way. Each of us and our families can contribute by continuing to recycle as much as possible from our homes.
With strong recycling programs and strong participation from businesses, governmental agencies, organizations, families and individuals, we can get Florida to 75 percent by 2020. Contact your county recycling coordinators to see how you, your family, your business and your organization can help.
The Recycling Recognition Program This program was developed to encourage the commercial industry, schools, public groups and residents to increase recycling in order to reach Florida’s recycling goal of 75 percent by 2020.
Chapter 62-716, F.A.C., Rulemaking These proposed amendments would delete obsolete references to grants that no longer exist. It would also add policies about reporting recycling from private businesses, public sector entities and counties.
Recovered Materials Information Certification and reporting information for businesses dealing with over 600 tons per year of any recovered material (paper, glass, plastic, metals/aluminum, textiles and/or non-tire rubber).
Recycling Business Assistance Center (RBAC) Assist in the development of markets for recyclable materials and provides assistance to recycling businesses at all levels of the supply chain.
Grants and Loans The Florida Recycling Loan Program was created to provide revenues for the purpose of expanding recycling capacity in Florida. The Florida Innovative Grants program was designed to establish innovative programs related to recycling. However, during the 2010 session, the Legislature passed HB 7243 which, in part, eliminated the Innovative Grant Program.
Public Sector Recycling Reporting State law requires that state agencies, public institutions of higher learning, community colleges, state universities, buildings that are occupied by municipal, county or state employees, and public or private entities that occupy a building managed by the Florida Department of Management Services annually report all recycled materials.
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.