Florida Recycling Statutes and Rules
Florida Rules Related to Recycling
Florida Statutes Regarding Recycling
This section contains the definition of renewable energy. This is important because the 75% recycling goal includes any "solid waste used for the production of renewable energy." What is defined as renewable energy can have a major impact on reaching the goal.
Department of Environmental Protection; powers and duties.\
This section includes various definitions dealing with solid waste and recycling.
This section sets the 75% statewide recycling goal. It also directs public entities (schools, state and local public agencies)
to report the amount they recycle annually to their counties. Private businesses are encouraged (but not mandated) to report the amount they
recycle to their counties. It also directs DEP to recognize successful recycling efforts by schools, businesses, public groups, and private
citizens. Finally, the section directs DEP to create the Recycling Business Assistance Center.
Regulation of Recovered Materials.
State solid waste management program.
This section contains the new recycling goals passed by the Legislature in 2010. The goal was modified to include renewable energy.
Also, the goals are for municipal solid waste (MSW). MSW is a sub-set of all solid waste and is defined in sub-section (5)
as specifically excluding sludge as well as waste from industrial, mining, and agricultural operations.
Procurement of products or materials with recycled content.
This section contains the language requiring that to the extent economically feasible, all construction and demolition debris must be
processed prior to disposal, either at a permitted materials recovery facility or at a permitted disposal facility.
This section, modified by the Legislature in 2010, allows for yard trash to be accepted at a Class I landfill if it uses an active gas collection system to
collect landfill gas generated at the disposal facility and provides or arranges for a beneficial use of the gas. It also includes language that states that
a Class I landfill may also accept yard trash for the purpose of mulching and using to provide landfill cover.
The department shall, by rule, develop and adopt a methodology to award recycling credit for the use or disposal of yard trash at a Class I landfill having a
gas-collection system that makes beneficial use of the collected landfill gas. That methodology is part of the
62-716 rule revision process.
Solid Waste Management Trust Fund; use of waste tire fee moneys; waste tire site management.
Solid waste management grant program.
Duties of state agencies.
Recycling in state agencies.
Training of Operators of Solid Waste Management and Other Facilities.
- Timeline for Florida Solid Waste Reduction Legislative Changes (1988-2008)
November 21, 2016