Recycling Recognition Program
The Recycling Recognition Program was developed to encourage private businesses, institutions, schools, public organizations
and citizens to increase recycling in order to reach Florida’s recycling goal of 75% by 2020. The Department has an easy
tool for organizations to track, compare and report their recycling efforts — The
Florida DEP Business Recycling Tracking Tool
or Re-TRAC. Through the website, which includes free registration, organizations can track different types of recycling efforts
and produce reports on how those efforts are helping to shrink their carbon footprint.
- Businesses and Institutions: Private businesses and institutions wanting to be recognized are requested
to complete the department's recycling report form via
may be submitted electronically to
or by mail to the Waste Reduction Section, MS 4555, Division of Waste Management, Department of Environmental Protection,
2600 Blair Stone Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400. This information will then be entered into Re-TRAC.
- Public Organizations: Public Organizations include non-profit groups and other organizations that are open to the public.
If you are a member of such a group that you believe deserves recognition for successful recycling,
for more details.
- Private Citizens:
for more details about getting recognized.
- All must demonstrate a 2012 or 2013 recycling rate at or above the state recycling goal of 40%. For 2014, all must demonstrate a recycling
rate at or above the state recycling goal of 50%. If you do not have the exact quantities of waste disposed and materials recycled, you may use the
Recycling Rate Calculator
(courtesy of Sarasota County Recycling staff) to estimate those quantities. If you would like assistance in using the Rate Calculator, please
If you have questions or need more information, please contact
DEP Recognizes Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens for 45 Percent Recycling Rate
(DEP Northeast District Director Greg Strong joined by Bob Chabot,
Director of Facilities and Horticulture, Brad Walker, Facilities
Coordinator and Cullen Richart, Facilities Manager)
On March 27, 2014, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Northeast District recognized
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens,
for its superior recycling efforts. In 2013, this Florida attraction recycled 809 tons, achieving a recycling rate of
45.1 percent. The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens are the only walking safari in northeast Florida with something for everyone
with more than 2,000 rare and exotic animals, 1,000 varieties of plants and exhibits such as Range of the Jaguar, Giraffe
Overlook and Savanna Blooms garden.
to read more.
DEP Recognizes Broken Sound Club for 95 Percent Recycling Rate
(Broken Sound Club’s John Crean, General Manager, (left) and Shannon Easter, Director
of Golf Maintenance, displaying recycling recognition certificates for 2012 and 2013)
On March 7, 2014, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection recognized
Broken Sound Club,
for recycling 95% of its solid waste in both 2012 and 2013. Broken Sound Club is an award-winning, year-round private
golf and country club community with a strong commitment to the environment and is GEO certified by the global Golf
Environment Organization and Audubon International.
to read more.
DEP Recognizes Kessler Consulting for 86 Percent Recycling Rate
(DEP Southwest District Director Mary Yeargen (right) presented a recycling
recognition award to Kessler Consulting, Inc.’s President Mitch Kessler)
On January 16, 2014, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection recognized
Kessler Consulting, Inc. (KCI)
for its outstanding recycling efforts. KCI is a Florida-based (Tampa) environmental consulting firm with 12 employees that
recycled more than 86 percent of its solid waste in 2012. KCI believes that it is important to “walk the talk” when it comes
to waste reduction and recycling.
to read more.
DEP Recognizes Florida State University for 48 Percent Recycling Rate
(DEP Secretary Vinyard [second from right], accompanied by FSU’s Campus
Sustainability Associate Trey Gowdy and Director of Campus Sustainability Elizabeth
Swiman, presented a recycling recognition award to FSU Solid Waste & Recycling
Center Supervisor Willie Wiggins [far right])
On November 5, 2013, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Secretary
Herschel T. Vinyard Jr. recognized Florida State University (FSU) for its 48 percent recycling rate at Florida Recycles Day at
the Capitol (Tallahassee). At FSU, 18 employees in the
Solid Waste & Recycling
facility, with the support of the larger FSU Facilities team, manage the waste for a campus population of more than 41,000
students, 6,000 staff, and 2,300 faculty members. In calendar year 2012, FSU recycled 2,650 tons for a 48 percent recycling rate.
to read more.
Previous Recycling Recognition Recipients
Additional DEP Recognition Programs
DEP has a variety of programs for recognizing outstanding recycling efforts of various groups and entities.
Hotels and Motels: Apply for recognition through the DEP Green Lodging Program
Schools: Apply for recognition through the Florida Green Schools Awards program
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