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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 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, the state 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. Four counties achieved a 70% rate in 2018. 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.

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