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On its way to a 75% recycling rate by 2020, Florida’s recycling rate in 2016 was 56%. Thirteen counties are leading the way with 2016 recycling rates reaching and exceeding the 60% Interim Recycling Goal.

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Pinellas 82%
Hillsborough 82%
Monroe 77%
Lee 73%
Orange 72%
Charlotte 72%
Palm Beach 72%
Pasco 66%
Sarasota 66%
Collier 66%
Hendry 65%
Sumter 63%
Brevard 61%

In 2016, thirteen counties have already achieved that 60% rate. As of January 1, 2017, the Department has also recognized over 35 businesses and other organizations demonstrating an outstanding recycling rate. 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.

Upcoming Events

  • State of Florida 75% Recycling Goal Technical Advisory Group Meeting is being held in Tampa, Florida on October 11, 2017 from 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM. The meeting will take place at the Hilton Garden Inn Tampa East/Brandon, 10309 Highland Manor Drive, Tampa, Florida 33610.
  • The Rulemaking Workshop 62-716, F.A.C. is scheduled for August 10, 2017 at the Bob Martinez Center from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM.
  • Construction and Demolition Strategic Plan Meeting
    July 26, 2017, 12:30pm – 3:30pm
    FDOT Materials Research Lab, Gainesville, Florida, 32609
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  • Recycling Business Development Technical Advisory Group (TAG) Meeting
    The Waste Reduction/Recycling Section, with assistance from the Southern Waste Exchange, Inc. (SWIX), is convening a Technical Advisory Group (TAG) made up of Florida business owners, waste management service providers, waste management and recycling consultants, local , state and federal government representatives, and non-profit organizations involved with waste management and recycling issues. These participants, in an open and moderated discussion format, will discuss and make specific recommendations to the FDEP about what the current impediments are in Florida to increasing Florida's recycling infrastructure businesses (i.e., waste collection, processing and manufacturing) and what actions the state can take to overcome these obstacles. The Markets Technical Advisory Group meeting will be held on 12/9/16 at 9:00, Conference Room 180 at the Betty Easley Center.
  • BioCycle REFOR16 Conference
    October 17 -20, 2016

Webinar Series

Past Webinars

  • Single Stream Recycling Contamination - December 16, 2015
  • Challenges and Solutions for Recycling Electronics in Florida – February 26, 2016
  • Organics in Florida: Part 1 "The State of Organics in Florida"
  • Organics in Florida: Part 2 "Organics Materials Management – Pathways for Success" - May 11, 2016
  • Recycling Education: Part 1 "It Begins with the Bin" – September 15, 2016
  • Recycling Education: Part 2 "Make Recycling Your Business"
  • Increasing Construction and Demolition Debris Recycling: Part 1 "The State of Construction and Demolitions Debris in Florida"

Quick Topics

  • 75% Recycling Goal
  • The Recycling Recognition Program
    This program was developed to encourage the commercial industry, schools, public groups and citizens to increase recycling in order to reach Florida’s recycling goal of 75 percent by 2020.
  • Solid Waste Management in Florida
    Learn about how much solid waste our state produces, the county recycling rates and reports and surveys on solid waste management in Florida.
  • Chapter 62-716, F.A.C. Rulemaking
    These proposed amendments would delete obsolete references to grants that no longer exist. It would also add policies about reporting recycling from private businesses, public sector entities and counties.
  • Construction and Demolition Recycling Resources and Reporting Requirements
    Tools and resources for the proper management, recycling and disposal of materials from C&D projects as well as permitted facility reporting requirements.
  • Recovered Materials Information
    Certification and reporting information for businesses dealing with over 600 tons per year of any recovered material (paper, glass, plastic, metals/aluminum, textiles, and/or non-tire rubber).
  • Recycling Business Assistance Center (RBAC)
    Assist in the development of markets for recyclable materials and provides assistance to recycling businesses at all levels of the supply chain.
  • Grants and Loans
    The Florida Recycling Loan Program was created to provide revenues for the purpose of expanding recycling capacity in Florida.
    The Florida Innovative Grants program was designed to establish innovative programs related to recycling. However, during the 2010 session, the Legislature passed HB 7243 which, in part, eliminated the Innovative Grant Program.
  • Public Sector Recycling Reporting
    State law requires that state agencies, public institutions of higher learning, community colleges, state universities, buildings that are occupied by municipal, county or state employees and public or private entities that occupy a building managed by the Florida Department of Management Services annually report all recycled materials.

Recycling in Florida

Recycling Resources

Recycling resource information including contact lists, website of relevance and interest, links to reports, publications and trade journals on solid waste management.


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Last updated: September 27, 2017

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