In Section 403.71851, F.S., entitled "Electronic recycling grants," the 2001 Florida legislature authorized
the Department to utilize certain grant funds "to Florida-based businesses with 5 or more years' experience in electronics
recycling…for demonstration projects with one or more counties for countywide comprehensive electronics recycling…that
provides service to the private sector, nonprofit organizations, governmental agencies, and the residential sector." In May 2001
a $200,000 grant was awarded to Creative Recycling Systems, Inc. (Tampa, FL).
This countywide comprehensive electronics recycling demonstration project initially focused on Orange County and
selected adjacent and nearby counties. The 3 ½ year project expanded to eventually include 9 counties as opportunities presented
themselves. Service offerings were tailored to the needs of each county and leveraged existing infrastructure and programs to the
greatest extent possible. The project targeted both household and business users of electronic equipment. Many of the services that
were developed during the project have continued on after the project ended. A
report [17 MB]
details the activities, results, and lessons learned.