In 2010 Florida statute established a Recycling Business Assistance Centerto develop new markets for recyclable materials locally and globally. RBAC's mission is to provide education and resources to help achieve a state 75 percent recycling rate by 2020.
The Florida Legislature established the Hazardous Waste Collection Center Grant Program to encourage the establishment of a statewide network of local household hazardous waste collection centers, to provide collection services in rural counties that do not have collection centers and to investigate unique or innovative household hazardous waste projects.
Innovative Recycling/Waste Reduction Grants
In 1997 the Florida Legislature directed the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to make grant funds available to counties on a competitive basis for innovative programs related to recycling. No grants were awarded during FY 2001-02, 2002-03, 2009-2010, or 2010-2011 because the Legislature allocated no money for those years.
During its 2010 session, the Legislature passed HB 7243 which, in part, eliminated the Innovative Grant Program. Therefore, DEP will not be requesting proposals for future grant projects at this time.
Since 2002 DEP has had a Small County Consolidated Grants program for counties with populations less than 100,000. These grants are distributed equally among those counties. Activities supported with these grants include general solid waste management, litter prevention and control, and recycling and education programs.
In state fiscal year 2008-2009, the Florida Legislature funded 14 special projectsfor local governments. The projects ranged from innovative recycling pilots for such hard-to-recycle items as agricultural plastic film mulch, ammunition and expanded polystyrene plastic (styrofoam) to expanding local recycling, composting and landfill monitoring programs in a variety of ways.
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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.