The Florida Legislature, through the Energy, Climate Change and Economic Security Act of 2008, established a statewide weight-based recycling goal of 75% by 2020.
The Act instituted the 75% recycling goal, directed the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to establish a reporting protocol and directed counties to report annually. The Legislature also established interim recycling goals: 40% by 2012, 50% by 2014, 60% by 2016 and 70% by 2018.
Florida achieved the interim goals established for 2012 and 2014; however, Florida did not meet the 2016 interim goal of 60% and the recycling rate has continued to decline since that time. Florida’s 2018 recycling rate was 49%, falling short of the 2018 interim recycling goal of 70%. Based on the department’s evaluation of available data, the drop can largely be attributed to a reduction in the reported amount of construction and demolition (C&D) debris recycled in 2018. In 2018, four counties achieved a 70 percent rate. Since 2012, the department has recognized over 40 businesses and other organizations that have met or exceeded established interim recycling goals during that period.
The challenge is for the recycling efforts of counties, businesses and governmental agencies to match or exceed those that are leading the way. Each of us can contribute by continuing to recycle as much as possible at or away from home. 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 provide 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.