Recycling in Florida – It Takes All of Us
Floridians have responded well when the opportunity to recycle is presented. The state’s 67 counties are tasked with encouraging recycling and making it happen, and typically we have hovered around 30% for a statewide average of recycling. In 2008 things changed when the legislature took us to a whole new level with a goal of 75% recycling to be achieved by 2020.The legislature codified that goal in section 403.7032, Florida Statutes.
So how are we doing? Well…depending on how you count and what county you look at, the answer varies. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection released their 2014 statistics stating a 50% recycling rate was achieved statewide, but one must realize that the larger counties in the state account for much of that progress. FLDEP