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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%.

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Hillsborough 73%
Lee 70%
Hendry 68%
Pasco 67%
Pinellas 62%
Broward 60%
Collier 60%
Sarasota 57%
Palm Beach 56%
Martin 56%
Monroe 55%
Alachua 54%
Brevard 54%
Manatee 51%

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.

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.

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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: July 01, 2015

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