|Florida has a goal to reach a 75% recycling rate in just a few short years by 2020. Your business, institution or organization can be part of that race to 75% by making recycling “business as usual.” Here are some resources to help you and ways you can be recognized for your success. The Recycling Recognition program is for any business, institution or organization. There are also additional recognition programs for certain kinds of businesses such as hotels, marinas and hospitals.
County Recycling Coordinators:
- Your county recycling coordinator is a good resource to start or expand a recycling program at your business, institution or organization. They know local conditions, have recycling expertise and can be a key part of your recycling program.
Food Waste Reduction and Recycling
- Between 25 and 40% of food produced in the U.S. is not eaten. While the largest amount of food is wasted because it is not eaten, there are opportunities to reduce food losses during processing, packaging, storage, transportation and distribution. Florida’s retail and wholesale grocers, restaurants, bars and event venues (theme parks and stadiums) are positioned to reduce and recycle food wastes, improve their bottom line and improve their sustainability profile.
- Schools across Florida re making a difference by reducing waste and implementing programs to recycle.
College and University Recycling:
- Florida Atlantic University’s Materials Recovery Program, an Innovative Grant Program
- University of Oregon’s web site about their recycling efforts. It provides an in depth guide to setting up a recycling program from writing a proposal to collection practices and guidelines.
- International Institute for Sustainable Development – greening the campus, Tools for Decision Makers
- National Wildlife Federation campus ecology site
- A group that will come to your campus and help organize dorm recycling that benefits non-profit organizations
- School-University Recycling Training: School-University Recycling Training
This presentation demonstrates how several schools have started recycling programs and saved money.
- College and University Recycling Coalition – a group of recycling coordinators at campuses across the country.
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