Recycling in FL
Source: Florida DEP
In 2008, the Florida Legislature enacted House Bill 7135 which created Section 403.7032, Florida Statutes. This established a new statewide recycling goal of 75% 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.
On its way to a 75% recycling rate by 2020, Florida’s recycling rate in 2013 was 49%, well above the 40% target rate specified in Florida statute. Fourteen counties are leading the way with 2013 recycling rates between 51% and 73%.
The target recycling rate increases to 50% for 2014. In 2013, fourteen counties have already achieved that 50% rate. As of January 1, 2015, the Department has also recognized 29 businesses and other organizations with a recycling rate of at least 50%. At least 20 state, county and city governmental agencies reported a 2013 recycling rate of at least 50%. This shows that a 50% recycling rate for 2014 is achievable. The challenge is for other counties, businesses and governmental agencies recycling efforts to match or exceed those that are leading the way. Each of us and our families can contribute by continuing to recycle as much as possible from our homes.
With strong recycling programs and strong participation from businesses, governmental agencies, organizations, families and individuals, we can get Florida to 75% by 2020. Contact your county recycling coordinators to see how you, your family, your business and your organization can help.
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