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On its way to a 75% recycling rate by 2020, Florida’s recycling rate in 2014 was 50%, meeting the 50% target rate specified in Florida statute. Eighteen counties are leading the way with 2014 recycling rates reaching and exceeding the 50% Interim Recycling Goal.

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Lee 70%
Pasco 65%
Pinellas 63%
Hendry 63%
Hillsborough 63%
Martin 62%
Collier 61%
Monroe 60%
Alachua 58%
Brevard 57%
Volusia 56%
Broward 55%
Sarasota 53%
Palm Beach 53%
Marion 53%
Leon 51%
Orange 51%
Manatee 51%
Duval 50%

In 2014, eighteen 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%. 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.

Upcoming Events

  • Recycle Florida Today Annual Conference and Exhibition - June 12-14, 2016
  • FDEP Organics Workshop - June 14, 2016 1:30 – 4:30
    The FDEP Organics Workshop is being held during the Recycle Florida Today Annual Conference and Exhibition. There is no cost to participate in the FDEP Organics Workshop. However, before FDEP’s workshop that day, RFT will have other related sessions that may be of interest or value to participants at FDEP’s workshop. The cost for the Organics Track on June 14, 2016, which includes lunch and breaks, is $125.00 for members and $165.00 for non-members.

Webinar Series

  • Organics in Florida: Part 2 "Organics Materials Management – Pathways for Success" - Register here

Past Webinars

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: May 23, 2016

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