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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.
Requirements:

  • Businesses and Institutions: Private businesses and institutions wanting to be recognized are requested enter recycling and disposal data into the Florida DEP Business Recycling Tracking Tool (Re-TRAC). If you have questions about how to set up your account, estimate your recycling and disposal weights, enter your data, etc., please contact Jack Price at 850-245-8751
  • 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, contact us for more details.
  • Private Citizens: Contact us 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 contact us.

If you have questions or need more information, please contact Jack Price at 850-245-8751.


DEP Recognizes Mosaic Fertilizer for 50 Percent Recycling Rate

Mary Yeargan, DEP Southwest District Director (left) presents Mosaic’s Robert Larson and Pam Williams with a recycling recognition certificate for 2013
(Mary Yeargan, DEP Southwest District Director [left] presents Mosaic's Robert
Larson and Pam Williams with a recycling recognition certificate for 2013)

On April 1, 2014, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection recognized Mosaic Fertilizer, South Pierce Facility Building #1 (Mulberry) for recycling 50% of its solid waste in 2013. Building #1 houses a 40+ person office with an environmental laboratory. They recycle most all office waste (paper, plastic) and the plastic lab sample containers. The building has a 4 yard recycle dumpster and a 4 yard waste dumpster, both are picked up weekly and typically the recycle dumpster is the fuller of the two.


DEP Recognizes The Green Parrot for 59 Percent Recycling Rate

Image of John Vagnoni, Green Parrot owner, holds the certificate for 59% recycling presented by Jon Iglehart, DEP South District Director, with Jim Fossum, Green Parrot Manager and Edward Russel, DEP Environmental Consultant (from left to right)
(From left to right: John Vagnoni, Green Parrot owner, holds the certificate for
59% recycling presented by Jon Iglehart, DEP South District Director, with Jim
Fossum, Green Parrot Manager and Edward Russel, DEP Environmental Consultant)

On July 22, 2014, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection recognized The Green Parrot (Key West) for achieving a 59% recycling rate for 2013. This Key West establishment is the first bar in Florida to be recognized for outstanding recycling. Click here to read more.


DEP Recognizes Eglin Air Force Base for 74 Percent Recycling Rate

Image of Eglin Air Force Base

On July 23, 2014, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection recognized Eglin Air Force Base (Okaloosa County) for recycling over 16,000 tons of waste material to achieve a 74% recycling rate for Fiscal Year 2013. Eglin AFB is a 724 square mile military reservation in the Florida Panhandle that employs over 17, 000 military, civilian and contract employees. The reservation is also home to more than 100 protected and endangered mammals, birds, reptiles and plants. Click here to read more.


DEP Recognizes Tyndall Air Force Base for 57 Percent Recycling Rate

Image of 325th Fighter Wing patch

On March 7, 2014, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection recognized Tyndall Air Force Base (Bay County) for recycling over 1,700 tons to achieve a 57% recycling rate in 2013. Tyndall AFB is a military installation that employs over 4,500 military, civilian and contract employees. Tyndall operates a Qualified Recycling Program to meet Department of Defense guidelines for solid waste diversion and pollution prevention. Click here to read more.


DEP Recognizes Arthrex for 57.6 Percent Recycling Rate

Image of Arthrex’s Maya Alfonso, Associate Manufacturing Engineer/Safety Team Chair, displaying certificate flanked by Keith Reynolds (left), EI, Associate Environmental Engineer, and Michael Dock, CSP, Environmental, Health, and Safety Manager
(Arthrex’s Maya Alfonso, Associate Manufacturing Engineer/Safety Team Chair,
displays certificate flanked by Keith Reynolds [left], EI, Associate Environmental
Engineer, and Michael Dock, CSP, Environmental, Health, and Safety Manager)

On April 22, 2014, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection recognized Arthrex Inc. for achieving a 57.6 percent recycling rate. Arthrex is a world leader in orthopaedic medical device design and manufacturing and has developed more than 7,500 innovative products and surgical procedures to advance minimally invasive orthopaedics worldwide. Click here to read more.


DEP Recognizes Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens for 45 Percent Recycling Rate

Image of DEP Northeast District Director Greg Strong joined by Bob Chabot, Director of Facilities and Horticulture, Brad Walker, Facilities Coordinator and Cullen Richart, Facilities Manager
(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. Click here to read more.


DEP Recognizes Broken Sound Club for 95 Percent Recycling Rate

Image of Broken Sound Club’s John Crean, General Manager, (left) and Shannon Easter, Director of Golf Maintenance, displaying recycling recognition certificates for 2012 and 2013
(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. Click here to read more.


DEP Recognizes Kessler Consulting for 86 Percent Recycling Rate

Image of DEP Southwest District Director Mary Yeargen (right) presented a recycling recognition award to Kessler Consulting, Inc.’s President Mitch Kessler
(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. Click here to read more.


DEP Recognizes Florida State University for 48 Percent Recycling Rate

Image of 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)
(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. Click here to read more.


DEP Recognizes International Speedway Corporation for 60% Recycling

Image of DEP Secretary Vinyard (center) joined state, local and ISC officials to present recycling recognition award to International Speedway Corporation’s Chief Marketing Officer Daryl Wolfe.
(DEP Secretary Vinyard [center] joined state, local and ISC officials to
present recycling recognition award to International Speedway
Corporation’s Chief Marketing Officer Daryl Wolfe.)

On July 18, 2013, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Secretary Herschel T. Vinyard Jr recognized the International Speedway Corporation (ISC) for its 60 percent recycling rate at the International Motorsports Center (Daytona Beach), world headquarters for ISC, NASCAR GRAND-AM and Daytona International Speedway. Click here to read more.


DEP Recognizes Children’s World for 44% Recycling

Image of
(DEP District Director Jon Inglehart [left] presents Children’s World
Co-owners Tim and Cynthia Holliday with a recycling recognition award)

On August 28, 2013, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection recognized Children’s World Uniform Supply for its outstanding recycling efforts. Children’s World [www.childrensworlduniform.com] is a Sarasota-based retailer of school, sport and work uniforms, unique toys and games and related services (custom embroidery, printing, etc.) with about a dozen employees and a vigorous recycling program resulting in a 44% recycling rate. Employees re-use every item they can - shipping material, boxes, back sides of paper, and so on. If they can't re-use the item, they recycle it - paper, cardboard, bottles, cans, even wood pallets. Click here to read more.


DEP Recognizes Global Organic Specialty Source for 63% Recycling

Image of DEP District Director Jon Inglehart presenting Global Organic Specialty Source President/Founder Mitch Blumenthal with a recycling recognition award
(DEP District Director Jon Inglehart [left] presents Global Organic Specialty
Source President/Founder Mitch Blumenthal with a recycling recognition award)

On August 28, 2013, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection recognized Global Organic Specialty Source for its outstanding recycling efforts. Global Organic [www.globalorganics.ws] is a Sarasota-based wholesale organic produce distributor with 100+ employees and a focus on green practices. The company has zero food waste as all items that cannot be sold are either given to employees at no cost, donated to local food banks or composted and brought to the owner’s certified organic farm. Click here to read more.


DEP Recognizes Rooms To Go for 87% Recycling

Image of DEP Secretary Herschel Vinyard presenting Rooms To Go President Steve Buckley with a recycling recognition award
(DEP Secretary Herschel Vinyard [right] presents Rooms To Go
President Steve Buckley with a recycling recognition award)

On July 17, 2013, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection recognized Rooms To Go for its outstanding recycling efforts. [www.roomstogo.com] is a Florida-based furniture retailer with 1,600 employees in the Florida Division with two distribution centers and 72 stores that recycled almost 3,000 tons (87.25%) in just the first 5 months of 2013. Click here to read more.


DEP Recognizes Tervis for 56% Recycling

Image of DEP Secretary Herschel Vinyard presenting recognition award to Tervis' green team, with Venice Mayor John Holic
(DEP Secretary Herschel Vinyard [second from right] presents recognition
award to Tervis' green team, with Venice Mayor John Holic [second from left].)

On July 16, 2013, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection recognized Tervis for its outstanding recycling efforts. Tervis [www.tervis.com] is a North Venice-based manufacturer and retailer of insulated drink ware products. Since the 1950s, all Tervis products are proudly made in Florida by this family-owned-and-operated business. Click here 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 http://www.dep.state.fl.us/mainpage/programs/green_lodging.htm

Schools: Apply for recognition through the Florida Green Schools Awards program http://www.dep.state.fl.us/secretary/ed/schools/about.htm


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