ecoPerspective on the Florida recycling initiative

 

County chart2Eight years ago, the Florida Legislature resolved to scale back the mountains of waste materials that are piled up or burned each year by cities, companies, and individuals. The legislature enacted an ambitious goal that by 2020, 75% of waste would be recycled or used in producing renewable energy.

The table on the right, drawn from Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) data, shows we’re on our way. The DEP set 50% as the target recycling rate for 2014. They report that has been achieved statewide. In fact, these figures show 18 counties (including Orange County) exceeding the average. We see that Lee County had already reached 70%!

With just four years to go, every county can still achieve the statewide goal of 75%. Help is available, including a great resource from the DEP. They provide Florida’s Recycling Business Assistance Center (RBAC) to assist with developing markets for recyclable materials. The RBAC offers assistance to recycling businesses at all levels of the supply chain, as well as support for potential partners, the Legislature, and the public.

* as of July, 2014. Data provided by the Florida DEP.

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Alexa Stone
LEED AP O+M, Sustainable Facility Professional™, ENV SP ~~~ Alexa has worked in sustainability since 2001. She earned her LEED Professional Accreditation from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in 2008. Two years later, she completed certification for Orlando’s first LEED EBOM commercial building. The Central Florida USGBC selected that as the LEED Building of the Year. Alexa launched ecoPreserve in 2009. ecoPreserve's more than 14 professionals have provided services to the Orange County Convention Center, the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, Orlando Health, Florida Hospital, the PGA and leading companies across Central Florida.
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