We assist in the development of markets for recyclable materials with the mission to achieve a 75 percent recycling rate by 2020. We can provide assistance to recycling businesses at all levels of the supply chain, as well as potential partners, the Legislature and the public.
Provide guidance to increase recycling markets
Create connections between industry and government professionals
Increase awareness of RBAC’s services
Develop partnerships with interested trade organizations and associations
Build partnerships with other state agencies
Improve our online services
Create Technical Assistance Advisory Group
Develop quarterly e-newsletter
Develop a social media plan (Example: Twitter and FB)
Explore developing a nonprofit foundation for RBAC to raise funding
Develop or partner with an existing recognition/awards program
Provide training for Florida business development
What is Florida’s Recycling Goal?
The Energy, Climate Change, and Economic Security Act of 2008 (House Bill 7135) signed into law by former Governor Crist created Section 403.7032, Florida Statutes. This established a new statewide recycling goal of 75 percent to be achieved by the year 2020. Also, the statute directed DEP to develop a program designed to achieve this goal and submit it to the Legislature for approval. DEP submitted its 75% Recycling Goal Report in January 2010.
The Recycling Business Assistance Center will help Florida reach its recycling goal by providing support to recycling market development.
To understand how to achieve our state's recycling goal, it's important to understand where and what our waste comes from.
HB 7243, which was effective July 1, 2010, establishes in subsection 403.7032(5), F.S., a Recycling Business Assistance Center to coordinate between state agencies and the private sector to develop new markets for recyclable materials locally and globally. This center is part of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Enterprise Florida is providing technical assistance.
The following statutes relate to RBAC assistance in resource recovery:
403.715 Certification of resource recovery or recycling equipment - For purposes of implementing the tax exemption provided by s. 212.08(7)(q), the department shall establish a system for the examination and certification of resource recovery or recycling equipment. Application for certification of equipment shall be submitted to the department on forms prescribed by it which include such pertinent information as the department may require. The department may require appropriate certification by a certified public accountant or professional engineer that the equipment for which this exemption is being sought complies with the exemption criterion set forth in s. 212.08(7)(q). Within 30 days after receipt of an application by the department, a representative of the department may inspect the equipment. Within 30 days after such inspection, the department shall issue a written decision granting or denying certification.
212.08(7)(q) Resource recovery equipment - Also exempt is resource recovery equipment which is owned and operated by or on behalf of any county or municipality, certified by the Department of Environmental Protection under the provisions of s. 403.715.
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.