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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.

Recycling Recognition:

  • Get recognized by DEP if your business or organization recycling efforts have taken your 2014 recycling rate to 50% or more (or at least 40% in 2013). All you need is the total tons of solid waste you recycled and total tons of solid waste you disposed for the year and about 20 minutes to log that in. We can help you estimate recycled and disposed tons if you do not have exact weights.

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 “at the fork,” 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.

    There’s a tool kit for how to do that. Click here to read more.

Hotel/Motel Recycling:

K-12 Schools:

  • Schools across Florida re making a difference by reducing waste and implementing programs to recycle. This website will help you with your goal to become a green school.

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.
  • A Guide to Sustainability in College and In Life includes facts about the benefits of going green, tips on how to become and continue being green, and additional resources for students interested in further pursuing the ultimate objective of living a sustainable life.

Marinas, Boatyards and Marine Retailers:

Correctional Institution Recycling:

Hospital Recycling:

  • The Healthier Hospitals Initiative is a free national campaign aimed at the health care sector. The program provides guides regarding energy use, waste reduction, and healthier food and product purchasing.
  • Hospitals for a Healthy Environment, a national initiative between the American Hospital Association and the EPA, with a goal of mercury reduction
  • Healthcare Without Harm - aims to eliminate pollution in healthcare practices
  • Sustainable Hospitals project from the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production

Recycling Business Assistance Center:

  • RBAC assist in the development of markets for recyclable materials as well assist recycling businesses at all levels of the supply chain.

For more information, please contact Shannan Reynolds at 850-245-8716.

Last updated: October 28, 2015

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